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Railroad  Telegrapher 

VOL.  XXXI,  1914 

Published  at  St.  Louis,  Mo. 


The  Order  of  Railroad  Telegraphers 


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Alien   Births 1505 

A.  F.  of  L.  Convention,  The 8,  1785 

Appeal,  An 192,  407,  1947,  1952 

Bartlett-Bacon    Bills 407,  581 

Bill,  An  Important 189 

Board  of  Directors,  Report  of 771 

California  Rest  Bill 1646 

Campbell,  Third  Vice-President,   Retires 184 

Child   Labor   Statistics 1 799 

Civil   Service  Examinations 402- 

Clayton  Anti-Injunction   Bill,  The 1121,  1311 

Clayton  Anti-Trust   Bill,  The 1499 

Clayton  Anti-Trust  Bill  Becomes  Law 1635 

Comrnercial    Telegraphers'    Union    of   America, 

The 1498 

C.  T.  U.  of  A.  Convention,  The 955 

C.  T.  U.  of  A.  Growing 1951 

Compensation   Law   Constitutional 1319 

Decision,  An  Important 186,  397,  949,   1127 

Decisions  on   I^bor   Laws 1505 

Kightllour  Measure,  Washington's 1647 

Flag  Pole,  "Some" 1320 

Ciompers-Morrison-Mitchell    Case,   The 950 

Gompers-Morrison-Mitchell,    Freed 780 

Ciompers   to   Organized   Workers 952 

Good  News 8 

(iovernmcnt  Ownership 951,  1136 

Hired    Thugs 187 

Hours  of  Service  Law 956 

Impeach  Justice  Wright,  To 782 

Impeachment    Proceeding,   Another 782 

Important,    Vitally 3 

Information   Wanted 1801 

Injunction    Denied 783 

Interesting  Document 16 

Judge   Wright   Resigns 1645 

Labor   Disputes,    Settling .  .  ^ 1646 

Labor  Organization  in  Canada 1502 

Labor's    Rights    Guaranteed 772 

Legislation   Pending,   Important 1941 

Maryland's  New  Law 401 

Massachusetts  Anti-Injunction   Bill 1 133 

Massachusetts   Anti-Injunction   Law 1317 

Massachusetts  Rest  Law 1317 

Mecograph    Injunction,    The 778 

Miller,  J.   W.,  Dead 1319 

Miners'  Officers  are   Sued 783 

Murphy,  A.  P.,  Dead 186 

New  York's  Compensation  Law 16 

O.  R.  T.  Memorial  Day 186 

Phillips'   Code   Revised 955 

Pierson,  Tom,  Married 953 

President    Wilson   to    Workingmen 1645 

Prize   Contest , 1 134 

Prize  Contest,   1914 193.  1135,  1506 

Prize  Winners,  The 405     I 

EDITORIAL— Continued        pace 

Proposed   Pension    Fund 1309,  1939 

Strikes,  Michigan  and  Colorado 190 

Sundry  Civil   Appropriation    Bill 951 

Telegraphers'  Tournament,  The 1950 

Transmission,  Xew  Record  for 191 

Tnion    Meeting 1800,   1949 

V.  S.  Citizens.  Can't  Draft 1505 

U.   S.   Industrial    Commission,   The 1942 

,   Useful  Book,  A 188 

I   Victory   in   Sight 945 

War  Style,  Told  in 1800 

Western  Union  Commissions 1497 

Year    1913,   The 183 


Agent  of  Owl  Creek  Junction,  The 1161 

All  for  a  Dollar 1530 

Audit   In-Spectre 1151 

Bill's  Luck 1821 

Boaster,    The 166S 

Bob's  Present 1984 

Case  of  Larry  McShane,  The 1533 

Children's  Traits 1163 

Christmas  Partnership,  A. . . .". 1967 

Curtis'    \'alentine 229 

Dan  Cupid  as  Wireless  Operator 1339 

Decoration  Day,  Her 797 

Driver  Bray  Saved  the  Mail,  How 1978 

Faster  Story,  An 611 

Emigrants,   The 1526 

P^.seape,  An 1155 

Fanny's  Impromptu 433 

Ghost  of  Culbone  Tower,  The 1348 

Good   Old  Times,   The 1820 

Good  Opportunity,  A 974 

Happy    613 

Haunted  Office,   The 1151 

Haunted  Tunnel,  The 608 

Her    Check 806 

His    Start , 42 

Hobo,    The 1663 

"Holy  Terror,"   A ; 811 

Induction  of  the  Reverend  Joe,  The 13^4 

In  Spite  of  Magic 1661 

In   the   Xick  of  Time 225 

Jean  Teterault's  Start 227 

John  Jones'   Find 436 

Last  Drink,  The 44 

Lincoln,  The   Mystic 209 

Loan   Sharks — John's   Story 212 

Major's  Christmas,  The 1965 

Man  Who  Blocked  the  Game,  The 31 

Man  Who  Felt,  The 1671 

Man  Who  Overheard,  The 974 

Messenger  Davenport 1981 

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MISCELLANY— Continued      pace 

Midnight  Local.  On  the 423 

Midnight   Special,   The 1816 

Munsen's  Dream 427 

Mystery  "Sine,"   The .^ 1972 

Necessary  Blackmail,  A 438 

Neil  Farrington 62 1 

Number  Five's  Headlight 607 

One  Who  Was  Taken,  The 1674 

Panama-Pacific   International   Exposition .^1335 

Pengclly,  Lahor  Detective 1523 

Perpetual  Youth 978 

Principle  First 1164 

Pusher   Engineer,   The 29 

Railway   Mail  Service,  The 1338 

Rainbow's   End,   The 425 

"Red"  Hawkins 617 

Safety  First 1156,  1342 

Sane  Fourth,  Our 1147 

Sauce  for  the  Goose 221 

Saved  by  Strange  Means 980 

Sending  a   Telegram 971 

Short  Cut  to  Opal,  A. 813 

Sleeping  Cars,  Origin  and  Growth  of 441 

Smart  Little   Trap,  In  the 619 

Soldiers  of  the  Sea 802 

Station  Agent's  Stor>%  The. 985 

Strange  Coincidence. , 1 1 58 

Thanksgiving  Dinner,  A 1814 

Tick  of  the    Clock,  The 430 

Traitor  in  1 200,  Not  a 973 

Turned  Traitor,   She 809 

Two  in  the   Car..... 1149 

Union  Labor  and  the  Golden  Rule 181 1 

Vacation,    The 1528 

Vision,  A f 989 

West  Montgomer>-  Pay  Roll,  The 799 

Wise  Judge.    The *. . . .  1827 

Woman   Labor 1355 

Workers  Who   Are  Lucky 440 

Wrong  Decision,  A 47 


Editorial  Notes 17,  194,  408,  597,  784,  960, 

1137.  1320,  1507,  1648,  1801,  1952 


Facetious    51,  233,  445.  631,  821,  993, 

1169,  1361,  1547.  1679,  1831,  1989 


Fraternal 55,   237,   453,   635,   826.  998, 

1175.  1366,  1551,  1685,  1836,  1995 


(Meanings    421,  1331,  1517 


Grand  Division 168.  381,  566.  755,  929, 

1106,  1293,  1482.  1622,  1772,  1927,  2090 


Ladies'    Auxiliary 23,  203.  414.  604.   791, 

965,  1144,   1327,   1513,   1655,  1808,   1960 


Our  Correspondents 53,  235,  447,  633.  823, 

995,  1171,  1363,  1549,  1681.  1833.  1991 


Personal  Mention 20.   199,  411,  600.  786, 

962.  1140,   1323,  1509,  1651.   1805.   1956 


Poetical 49,   231,  443,  629,  819. 

991,  1167,  1359,  1545,  1677,  1829,  1987 


L'nion   Label 208.  419,  795,  970,  1333, 

1521.    1660.   1964 

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Vitally  Important 


IN  THE  December  number  of  The 
Telegrapher,  under  the  caption  "Get 
Busy/'  was  published  a  strong  appeal 
from  the  Executive  Council  of  the  Amer- 
ican Federation  of  Labor  to  all  union  men 
to  urge  their  senators  and  representatives 
in  Congress  to  support  the  Bartlett-Bacon 
Bill  (H.  R.  1873)  and  (S.  927),  which  are 
designed  to  amend  the  Sherman  Anti-trust 
Law,  so  that  no  court  can  construe  that 
law  as  applying  to  labor  organizations. 
Since  that  article  was  written,  the  United 
States  Court  of  Appeals  has  rendered  its 
decision  in  the  famous  Hatters'  case,  and 
that  decision  makes  it  imperative  for  every 
union  man  to  bestir  himself  immediately 
and  insist  upon  his  representatives  in  the 
United  States  Senate  and  the  House  of 
Representatives  not  only  supporting  these 

two  bills,  but  also  to  use  every  endeavor 
to  secure  their  immediate  passage. 

President  Gompers,  of  the  American 
Federation  of  Labor,  in  an  editorial  in  the 
January  number  of  the  Fedeiationist,  the 
official  organ  of  the  Federation,  sets  forth 
the  situation  very  clearly  and  shows  con- 
clusively the  necessity  of  immediate  action 
on  the  part  of  every  union  man.  His  ar- 
ticle follows: 

Without  further  delay,  the  citizens  of  the 
United  States  must  decide  whether  they 
wish  to  outlaw  organized  labor.  Only  a  few 
months  ago  the  officials  of  the  United  Mine 
Workers  were  indicted  under  the  Sherman 
Anti-trust  law  because  they  helped  the 
miners  of  West  Virginia  to  break  the 
shackles  by  which  the  mining  companies 

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held  them  helpless  objects  of  exploitation. 
The  mine  operators  forced  the  constituted 
authorities  of  the  State  to  do  their  bidding. 
The  miners  could  appeal  to  no  one  for 
justice.  Their  only  defense  lay  in  their 
ability  to  enforce  their  rights  through 
their  united  organized  power.  To  strip 
them  of  that  defense  is  the  purpose 
of  the  litigation  begun  by  the  indictment 
charging  that  organization  with  restraint 
of  trade.  These  same  officers  of  the  United 
Mine  Workers  have  again  been  indicted 
under  the  same  "anti -trust"  law  because 
they  are  helping  the  miners  of  Colorado  to 
resist  the  tyranny  of  the  Standard  Oil 
Company,  which  seeks  to  evade  compliance 
with  the  labor  laws  of  the  State.  The  "in- 
dicted" officers  of  the  miners  are  (call  it 
"conspiring"  if  you  please)  engaged  in  an 
effort  to  rid  the  State  of  Colorado  of  gov- 
ernment by  mine  guards  in  order  to  re-es- 
tablish civil  government,  government  by 

The  federal  grand  jury's  indictment 
charges  the  officers  of  the  miners*  organiza- 
tion with  establishing  a  monopoly  of  mine 
labor  in  the  United  States  and  Canada  and 
with  organizing  a  conspiracy  to  restrain 
interstate  commerce. 

The  law  of  the  land  assures  to  workers 
the  right  to  organize.  All  who  have  any 
knowledge  of  the  world  of  industry  con- 
cede that  without  organization  the  wage- 
workers  are  helpless  victims  of  the  indus- 
trial forces  that  are  seeking  their  own  self- 
interest.  Practical  men  of  business  refuse 
to  deal  with  a  weak  union,  for  its  agree- 
ments would  have  neither  advantage  nor 
force;  but  as  a  matter  of  course  they  rec- 
ognize and  deal  with  strong  unions,  and 
adjust  their  business  to  conform  to  the  new 
situation.  It  follows,  then,  that  control  of 
all  the  workers  in  a  trade  increases  the 
success  and  the  efficiency  of  the  organiza- 
tion in  securing  better  terms  for  a  greater 
number  of  workers  and  in  turn  protects 
the  fair  employer  from  competition  with 
producers  who  care  not  how  they  grind 
their  employes  so  long  as  they  also  grind 
out  profits. 

The  right  to  organize  is  a  sham,  a  trick, 
a  deceit,  unless  it  carries  with  it  the  right 
to  organize  effectively  and  the  right  to  use 

that  organized  power  to  further  the  inter- 
ests of  the  workers.  This  implied  right 
must  be  assured.  If  it  is  alleged  that  acts 
in  themselves  criminal  or  unlawful  are 
committed  in  endeavors  to  effect  organiza- 
tion or  to  secure  the  benefits  of  organiza- 
tion, let  those  acts  be  dealt  with  under 
due  process  of  law.  But  in  the  name  of 
free  labor,  in  the  name  of  free  government 
and  free  society,  let  the  right  to  organize 
never  for  one  instant  be  menaced  or  with- 
held. That  right  is  the  foundation  upon 
which  all  else  is  builded. 

The  indictments  by  the  federal  grand 
jury  were  accompanied  by  a  report,  a  por- 
tion of  which  criticised  the  miners — this 
was  given  wide  publicity  by  the  daily  press  ; 
another  portion  criticised  in  more  moder- 
ate terms  the  mine  operators — ^this  was  not 
given  equal  publicity.  This  criticism  was 
in  part  as  follows: 

"The  operators  appear  to  have  been 
somewhat  remiss  in  endeavoring  to  secure 
and  hold  the  good  will  of  their  employes, 
and  the  grand  jury  deduced  from  testi- 
mony that  there  existed  reasonable  grounds 
for  many  of  the  grievances  complained  of 
by  the  miners.  We  believe  that  many  of 
these  complaints  are  substantial  and  have 

"The  grand  jury  found  that  the  State 
laws  have  not  been  so  enforced  as  to  give 
all  persons  concerned  the  benefits  which 
are  derived  therefrom.  Many  camp  mar- 
shals, whose  appointments  and  salaries  are 
controlled  by  coal  companies,  have  exer- 
cised a  system  of  espionage  and  have  re- 
sorted to  arbitrary  powers  of  police  con- 
trol, acting  in  capacity  of  judge  and  jury 
and  passing  sentence  upon  miners  who  had 
incurred  the  enmity  of  the  superintendent 
or  pit  boss  for  having  complained  of  real 
grievances  or  for  other  causes. 

"Many  of  the  coal  companies  maintain 
camp  saloons  and  collect  from  the  keepers 
of  such  saloons  a  per  capita  sum  of  25  to 
40  cents  per  month  for  each  person  whose 
name  appears  upon  the  company  pay  roll. 
Many  camp  saloons  are  open  after  mid- 
night and  on  Sunday  contrary  to  the  State 

"Over  one  saloon  there  has  floated  for 
years    the    red    flag   of    anarchy   with    an 

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open  knife  fastened  to  the  flag.  This 
saloon  is  a  rendezvous  for  anarchists,  and 
many  crimes  are  chargeable  to  its  influ- 

Despite  these  statements  of  law-breaking 
no  indictments  were  returned  against  the 
coal  operators.    Why? 

Why  is  it  that  our  laws  may  be  perverted 
and  interpreted  to  prevent  those  who  toil 
from  doing  things  necessary  for  their  pro- 
tection and  betterment? 

Why  is  it  that  men  of  wealth  may  with 
impunity  break  laws  whose  meaning  is  plain 
and  unmistakable? 

Can  it  be  the  influences  that  emanate 
from  26  Broadway  have  murdered  justice, 
have  usurped  functions  of  the  courts,  have 
taken  control  of  the  police  functions  and 
have  ordered  the  affairs  of  the  people  that 
dividends  may  be  assured  to  the  favored 
ones  of  the  Standard  Oil  clan? 

The  workers  of  Colorado  are  making 
a  fight  for  the  right  to  organize,  for  wages 
that  will  permit  of  decent  standards  of 
living,  for  the  right  to  order  their  own 
lives  and  to  spend  their  earnings  for  their 
own  betterment.  They  are  fighting  for  the 
right  to  fair  trial,  for  the  right  of  protec- 
tion by  the  laws  of  State  and  nation,  and 
for  government  free  and  untrammeled  by 
organized  selfish  interests. 

The  menace  which  threatens  the  mine 
workers  is  the  common  danger  of  the  whole 
labor  movement.  Those  workers  happen 
to  be  the  chosen  victims.  Others  have 
already  experienced  the  same  injustice. 
Many  others  may  be  made  victims  at  the 
whim  or  desire  of  any  employer. 

Union  men  of  America,  do  you  realize 
that  at  any  time  your  home,  your  savings, 
may  be  levied  upon  if  your  organization 
has  attained  any  degree  of  success?  Do 
you  realize  that  you  and  the  officers  of  your 
organization  may  be  imprisoned  for  dar- 
ing to  defend  and  to  promote  your  welfare 
and  for  the  exercise  of  normal  activities 
to  increase  the  power  and  efficiency  of  your 
union?  Have  you  compared  your  condi- 
tion with  that  of  the  unorganized  so  that 
you  realize  what  will  be  the  effect  of  de- 
priving you  of  the  right  to  organize? 

When  you  have  seriously  considered 
these  questions  you  will  realize  the  impera- 

tive necessity  that  devolves  upon  all  men 
and  women  who  labor — the  necessity  of  se- 
curing amendment  to  the  Sherman  Anti- 
trust law  that  clearly  and  specifically  pre- 
vents the  application  ol  that  law  to  the 
voluntary  organization  of  the  workers — ^the 

That  law,  as  now  interpreted  and  applied, 
constitutes  the  most  serious  menace  to  the 
labor  movement.  That  law,  which  was 
intended  to  benefit  human  beings,  to  pre- 
vent or  check  monopoly  and  absolute  con- 
trol over  the  products  of  labor  and  of  the 
soil,  to  assure  to  the  people  the  necessities 
of  life  at  reasonable  prices,  has  proved  use- 
less in  establishing  control  or  regulation 
over  the  trusts  and  monopolies.  In  a  spirit 
of  ironic  glee  these  same  monopolies, 
trusts,  and  corporations,  unharmed  by  the 
law  which  was  to  have  regulated  them,  now 
turn  this  law  against  the  human  beings  who 
were  to  have  been  protected. 

Is  the  conscience  of  the  American  people 
so  dead,  is  their  sense  of  justice  so  dor- 
mant, that  they  will  tolerate  that  horses, 
wheat,  hay,  sugar,  hogs,  shall  be  placed  on 
equality  before  the  law  with  human  beings  ? 

It  has  been  announced  by  the  adminis- 
tration that  trust  legislation  is  the  next 
matter  that  will  receive  consideration. 
Plans,  policies,  methods  are  being  consid- 
ered. Now  is  the  time  for  those  who  place 
human  interests  above  all  else  to  press  their 
claims  and  demands  upon  the  attention  of 
those  who  shall  shape  and  determine  the 
nature  of  trust  legislation.  On  December 
16th  we  made  before  the  House  Judiciary 
Committee  a  presentation  of  the  right  to 
existence  which  must  be  accorded  organi- 
zations of  toilers.  Every  union  man  in  the 
country  owes  to  himself,  his  family,  his 
conscience  to  use  his  influence  to  secure 
concerted  action  of  his  fellow-workers  to 
arouse  public  demand  and  sentiment  in  be- 
half of  human  rights  and  recognition  of 
these  right  in  the  trust  legislation. 

The  party  now  in  control  of  legislation 
has  twice  pledged  itself  to  enact  legislation 
granting  to  Labor  the  right  of  free  organi- 
zation and  of  all  activity  in  furtherance 
of  organization  not  in  itself  unlawful. 
Twice  that  party  has  made  a  presidential 
campaign  upon  a  platform  containing  that 
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pledge.  The  candidates  who  accepted  places 
upon  the  Democratic  ticket  did  not  repudi- 
ate that  pledge.  As  was  the  custom  under 
the  Taft  regime,  the  present  administra- 
tion has  permitted,  imder  the  provisions 
of  the  Sherman  Anti-trust  law,  indictments 
against  men  helping  their  fellow-workers 
to  secure  higher  wages,  a  shorter  work- 
day, conditions  that  will  assure  them  a 
more  just  compensation  for  toil  and  free- 
dom to  order  their  own  lives  outside  of 
working  hours.  Those  of  that  party  whom 
the  people  elected  to  office  are  in  honor 
botmd  to  redeem  that  pledge  they  gave  to 
those  who  elected  them.  Labor  of  Amer- 
ica expects  such  action.  If  the  party  in 
power  is  not  in  favor  of  outlawing  organ- 
ized labor,  it  must  give  substance  to  that 

Organized  labor  must  live  to  give  tone, 
character,  and  purpose  to  the  needs  and 
demands  for  justice,  rights,  and  a  better 
life  to  the  toilers. 

The  workers  everywhere  are  urged  not 
only  to  make  their  own  views  clear,  but  to 
persuade  all  friends  of  Labor  and  human 
justice  to  communicate  at  once  with  their 
respective  senators  and  representatives  in 

Demand  the  early  enactment  of  the  Bart- 
lett  Bacon  bills,  S.  927  and  H.  R.  1873.  In 
all  justice  the  Sherman  Anti-trust  law  must 
be  amended. 


Just  as  we  are  going  to  press  comes  an- 
other proof  of  the  imperative  necessity  for 
the  effective  amendment  of  the  Sherman 
Anti-trust  law,  which  Labor  demands. 
Three  judges  of  the  United  States  Cir- 
cuit Court  of  Appeals  on  December  18th 
rendered  a  decision  affirming  the  decision 
of  the  Connecticut  Federal  District  Court 
that  the  United  Hatters  of  North  America 
shall  pay  D.  E.  Loewe  and  Company 
$252,130.  And  on  what  groimds?  Because 
the  hatters  succeeded  in  establishing  fair 
wages  and  conditions  of  work  in  nearly  all 
hat  shops  of  the  country  and  were  using 
their  collective  power  to  secure  the  same 
conditions  from  D.  E.  Loewe  and  Com- 
pany. The  degree  of  success  which  their 
organization  had  achieved  in  securing  for 
working  men  and  women  a  little  shorter 

workday  and  a  little  more  time  for  home, 
rest,  and  self-improvement,  a  few  more  dolr 
lars  for  the  necessities  and  some  of  the 
pleasiu-es  of  life,  and  less  harmful  con- 
ditions of  work,  was  held  by  the  court  as 
evidence  of  "conspiracy  and  restraint  of 
trade" — was  made  the  grounds  upon  which 
their  homes  and  their  little  earnings  were 
attached  and  held  for  years,  and  again  is 
made  the  grounds  upon  which  these  hatters 
are  to  pay  three-fold  damages  and  cbsts 
to  D.  E.  Loewe  and  Company. 

Have  these  unions  the  right  to  exist,  or 
shall  they  be  outlawed  under  the  Sherman 
Anti-trust  law  at  the  will  of  any  enemy 
of  organized  labor?    That  is  the  question. 

This  last  decision,  written  by  Judge  Coxe 
and  concurred  in  by  Judges  Ward  and 
Rogers  of  the  Federal  Court  of  Appeals, 
contains  the  following: 

"That  the  Anti-trust  Act  is  applicable , 
to  such  combinations  as  are  alleged  in  the 
complaint  is  no  longer  debatable.  The  law 
makes  no  distinction  between  the  classes, 
employers  and  employes,  corporations  or 
individuals.  Rich  and  poor  alike  are  in- 
cluded under  its  terms.  The  Supreme 
Court  particularly  points  out  that,  although 
Congress  was  frequently  importuned  to 
exempt  farmers'  organizations  and  labor 
unions  from  its  provisions,  these  efforts  all 
failed  smd  the  act  still  remains. 

"No  one  disputes  the  proposition  that 
labor  unions  are  lawful.  All  must  admit 
that  they  are  not  only  lawful  but  highly 
beneficial  when  legally  and  fairly  con- 
ducted, but,  like  all  other  combinations, 
irrespective  of  their  objects  and  purposes, 
they  must  obey  the  law." 

Note  the  fact  that  the  decision  was 
unanimous.  Note  this  statement:  "That 
the  Anti-trust  Act  is  applicable  to  such 
contbinations  as  are  alleged  in  the  com- 
plaint is  no   longer  debatable." 

Note  this  fact,  too:  The  court  declares 
that  no  one  disputes  that  labor  unions  are 
not  only  "lawful  but  highly  beneficial." 
Will  the  court  or  anyone  else  point  out  any 
instance,  even  in  the  record  in  this  case, 
in  which  the  aim  and  the  purpgse  of  the 
hatters  were  anything  but  tending  to  benefit 
the  large  mass  of  the  hatters  directly  and 
all  workers  as  a  result  ?    The  court  declares 

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further  that  labor  ^unions  like  all  other 
combinations,  irrespective  of  their  objects 
and  purposes,  must  obey  the  law.  Law,  as 
its  essence  is  best  understood,  is  justice, 
and  when  it  is  not  justice  it  is  not  law. 

Let  us  apply  the  same  set  of  circum- 
stances in  this  case  to  the  activities  of 
another  form  of  voluntary  organization. 
Take,  for  instance,  the  Consumers*  League, 
composed  of  a  number  of  men  and  women 
of  our  country  who  aim  to  secure  im- 
proved conditions  for  women  and  men 
clerks  in  our  department  stores  and  who 
aim  to  secure  better  sanitary  conditions 
for  the  workers  in  the  sweated  trades. 
Suppose,  then,  such  an  organization  had 
decided  that  it  would  not  patronize  any 
store  which  had  on  sale  the  products  of 
sweatshops  or  which  refused  fair  condi- 
tions to  the  store  clerks.  Suppose  that 
the  leaders  communicated  with  a  kindred 
organization  in  California  or  elsewhere, 
where  sweatshop  products  were  on  sale, 
and,  as  a  result,  that  voluntary  association 
in  California  declared  that  it  would  not 
patronize  the  store  which  kept  on  sale  the 
products  of  sweatshops.  Would  the  court 
hold  that  the  Consumers'  League  was  a 
beneficial  organization  and  yet  that  it  had 
violated  the  provisions  of  the  Sherman 
Anti-trust  law?  Suppose,  further,  that  the 
churches  engaged  in  the  movement  for  the 
prohibition  of  the  liquor  traffic,  in  order 
to  carry  on  a  systematic  boycott  through- 
out the  country,  should  injure  the  business 
of  a  brewery,  a  distillery,  or  a  saloon- 
keeper. Would  the  court  hold  that  the 
churches  were  lawful  and  highly  beneficial 
organizations,  that  they  were  guilty  of  a 
conspiracy  and  restraint  of  trade  and 
therefore  subject  to  three-fold  damages 
which  any  of  these  injured  parties  might 
claim?  Would  the  court  deem  that  the 
churches  in  this  respect  be  admonished  to 
"obey  the  law?" 

The  fact  of  the  matter  is  that  under  the 
perversion  rather  than  the  interpretation 
of  the  Sherman  Anti-trust  law  by  the  fed- 
eral courts,  that  which  is  held  to  be  law 
is  founded  upon  neither  justice  nor  com- 
mon sense.  The  federal  courts  have  fallen 
into  the  common  error  which  places  the 
voluntary  associations  of  the  working  peo- 

ple, organized  not  for  profit  but  for 
humanitarian  purposes,  in  the  same  cate- 
gory with  the  greedy,  conscienceless  trusts, 
corporations,  and  monopolies  which  control 
the  products  of  labor  and  which  speculate 
in  the  necessities  of  the  people;  it  is  equal 
to  placing  human  conscience,  human  en- 
deavor, human  souls  in  the  same  scale 
with  pork  or  bushels  of  coal. 

Under  these  decisions  the  very  right  of 
existence  of  the  labor  unions  is  not  only 
questioned  or  threatened,  but  is  imperiled. 
It  might  be  interesting  to  know  what  the 
court  had  in  mind  when  it  said  that  the 
labor  unions  were  not  only  lawful  but 
highly  beneficial  when  legally  and  fairly 
conducted.  What,  indeed,  is  the  court's  con- 
ception of  what  a  lawful  labor  union  highly 
beneficial  in  its  objects  and  piu-poses  is  and 
how  it  should  carry  out  its  beneficial  ob- 
jects and  purposes  legally  and  fairly?  In 
a  word,  what  is  the  court's  conception  of 
the  lawful  union  "legally  and  fairly  con- 

There  never  was  any  intention  on  the 
part  of  the  Congress  of  the  United  States 
to  include  the  voluntary  organizations  of 
workers — that  is,  the  labor  unions — in  the 
Sherman  Anti-trust  law.  Then,  again, 
though  not  in  the  same  Congress,  the 
United  States  Senate  and  the  House  of 
Representatives  at  different  times  have 
adopted  amendments  to  the  Sherman  Anti- 
trust law  specifically  excluding  these  or-^ 
ganizations  from  the  provisions  of  that 
law.  And  now  all  that  has  transpired  more 
clearly  demonstrates  the  necessity  for  the 
enactment  of  the  Bartlett-Bacon  bill  as  a 
remedy  for  the  wrongful  position  in  which 
organized  labor  has  been  placed,  not  only 
by  judicial  interpretation  but  by  judicial 

And  let  those  who  value  the  liberty  and 
the  welfare  of  America's  toilers  lose  no 
time  in  demanding  justice  for  them  and  in 
pressing  these  demands  upon  their  repre- 
sentatives in  Congress. 

The  need  is  great.  The  existence  of  or- 
ganized labor  is  in  jeopardy.  The  right  to 
organize  is  necessary  for  the  freedom  of 
the  workers.  The  freedom  of  the  workers 
is  necessary  for  the  freedom  of  all  the  peo- 
ple, the  perpetuation  of  our  Republic  itself. 

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THE  Thirty-third  Annual  Convention 
of  the  American  Federation  of 
Labor  convened  in  Seattle,  Wash., 
on  November  10th  and  continued  in  ses- 
sion up  to  and  including  the  22d,  with 
the  usual  large  attendance. 

On  the  opening  day,  addresses  of  wel- 
come were  delivered  by  Hon.  Ernest 
Lister,  Governor  of.  the  State  of  Wash- 
ington; Hon.  Geo.  F.  Cotterill,  Mayor  of 
Seattle,  and  E.  P.  Marsh,  President  of 
the  Washington  State  Federation  of 
Labor,  to  which  response  was  made  by 
President  Gompers  in  his  usual  eloquent 
and  happy  manner.  The  reports  of  the 
various  officers  to  the  convention,  showed 
that  the  federation  was  in  a  most  proper- 
ous  condition,  with  a  larger  membership 
than  ever  before  in  its  history.  Sum- 
marized, the   reports   show  that  there  are 

HI  national  and  international  unions,  42 
State  federations,  621  city  central  bodies 
and  659  local  trade  and  federal  labor 
unions  affiliated  with  the  American  Fed- 
eration of  Labor;  that  these  bodies  com- 
prise 20,046  local  unions  with  a  member- 
ship of  2,054,526. 

The  report  of  the  Executive  Council, 
which  is  composed  of  the  officers  of  the 
federation,  is  a  very  voluminous  as  well 
as  interesting  document,  in  which  the 
more  important  matters  of  the  past  year 
are   carefully   and   thoroughly    reviewed. 

Of  the  organized  labor  movement  in 
general  and  the  American  Federation  of 
Labor  in   particular,  the   report   says: 

A  third  of  a  century  ago  a  little  group 
of  men,  thoroughly  convinced  that  the 
trade  union  movement  was  the  hope  of 
the  American  workers,  met  in  Pittsburg 
and  effected  the  organization  that  has 
grown  into  its  present  splendid  develop- 
ment. The  trade  union  movement  has 
justified  the  faith  of  those  who  founded 
it  and  devoted  their  lives  to  building  it^ 
up.  It  has  been  the  great  power  that 
has  placed  humanity  above  all  else — it  has 
forced  humanity  upon  industry,  into  legis- 
lation, into  social  concepts  and  ideals.  It 
has  ever  made  protest  against  wrong,  in- 
justice, waste  of  human  energy  and  life. 
It  has  been  the  greatest  force  for  the  up- 
lift of  the  workers  and  all  those  that  are 
weary  and  heavy  laden— it  has  permeated 
their  lives  and  made  them  freer,  better, 
happier,  more  worth  living. 

The  trade  union  movement  has  become 
the  greatest  factor  in  the  lives  of  the 
masses  of  the  American  people  because 
of  its  practical  idealism.  Those  who  have 
made  the  organization  what  it  is  have 
recognized  that  they  were  confronted 
with  conditions  rather  than  theories.  They 
have  recognized  that  in  counseling  those 
in  need  of  more  and  better  food,  clothing 
and  the  necessities  of  life,  they  were  deal- 
ing with  the  raw  stuff  of  life,  with  human 
beings  who  live  in  the  present  and  whose 
destinies  depend  upon  present  aid.  Any 
organization  that  has  in  its  keeping  the 
welfare  of  human  beings  has  assumed  a 
tremendous  responsibility.  The  welfare 
of  the  hosts  of  toilers  is  entrusted  to  the 
American  trade  union  movement. 

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Industrial  managements  have  been  cruel 
and  heartless  in  their  self-interests;  be- 
tween the  American  working  people  and 
such  cruelty  and  heartlessness  there  has 
stood  but  one  unfailing  defense — the 
labor  movement.  This  labor  movement 
has  laid  hold  of  the  hearts  of  men  and 
women;  it  is  to  them  a  symbol  of  those 
things  which  are  the  best  of  life.  It  is  a 
real  living  thing  which  the  toilers  love 
and  cherish.  And  the  soul  of  the  move- 
ment is  the  hearts  and  lives  of  those  who 
have  built  themselves  into  it,  by  sacrifice 
and  toil.  ^ 

The  delegates  to  this  convention,  you 
who  are  to  transact  the  affairs  of  this 
movement,  be  fully  conscious  of  the  dignity 
and  responsibility  devolving  upon  you — 
the  welfare  of  the  human  beings  whom 
you  represent.  Where  so  much  is  at  stake, 
fads,  idealistic,  but  impracticable  fancy, 
personal  interests,  must  give  way  to  the 
larger  aspects  of  all  problems.  Differences 
of  opinions  there  must  be,  for  they  are 
inseparable  from  a  growing  movement 
that  must  adjust  to  the  changing  condi- 
tions of  industry  and  society.  For  the 
success  of  the  cause  does  not  depend  upon 
the  elimination  of  disputes,  but  upon  the 
spirit  in  which  they  are  treated.  A  prac- 
tical, resourceful  spirit  has  been  charac- 
teristic of  all  former  deliberations  and  is 
indispensable  that  the  propositions  and 
the  issues  coming  before  this  convention 
shall  be  disposed  of  with  discretion. 

The  matters  which  are  to  be  considered 
by  this  convention  are  not  only  working 
class  problems,  but  they  concern  and  have 
a  bearing  upon  the  whole  of  society,  in 
America  and  the  whole  world.  The  trade 
unionists  have  their  group  interests  and 
work  and  their  organizations  by  which 
these  are  promoted,  yet  they  are  an  inte- 
gral component  of  society  and  their  wel- 
fare is  not  always  in  conflict  with  that 
of  other  members  of  society.  Since  the 
delegates  to  this  convention  will  deal  with 
problems  affecting  the  welfare  of  those 
they  represent  and  that  of  many  others, 
the  discussions  and  decisions  will  be 
studied  by  the  earnest  men  and  women, 
the  thinkers  of  this  country  and  of  the 
whold  world.  The  men  in  the  labor 
movement   are   students   of   the   world   of 

men  and  affairs,  who  know  conditions 
through  personal  experience  and  observa- 
tion. The  labor  movement  has  produced 
and  educated  its  economists,  its  statesmen, 
and  its  philosophers.  Upon  such,  represent- 
ing their  fellow-workers  at  this  Seattle 
convention,  will  rest  the  grave  responsi- 
bility of  earnestly  striving  to  solve  wisely 
and  surely  the  many  problems  that  will 
come  before  this  body.  Not  one  issue  will 
be  unimportant,  for  each  will  affect  the 
development  of  the  movement  for  better 
or  for  worse. 

It  is  of  the  greatest  importance  that 
you,  the  delegates  to  this  1913  convention, 
come  to  its  sessions  fully  aware  of  the 
great  responsibility  and  duty  which  rests 
upon  you,  that  you  come  ready  to  consider 
and  decide  all  matters  purely  and  wholly 
from  the  standpoint  of  human  welfare. 
Let  all  things  be  done  in  the  spirit  that 
will  make  this  a  gathering  that  will  in- 
spire new  courage  and  love  for  humanity 
and  prepare  for  still  more  glorious  suc- 
cess  for  the  trade  union  movement. 

The  past  year  has  been  one  of  most 
gratifying  progress  and  steady  growth  for 
the  trade  union  movement  of  America. 
During  the  year  the  affiliated  membership 
of  the  American  Federation  of  Labor 
reached  the  two-million  mark,  passed  be- 
yond, and  is  surely  and  steadily  advancing 
toward  the  new  goal — the  three-million 
mark.  Not  only  has  there  been  progress 
made  in  numbers,  but  for  the  increasing 
numbers  there  have  been  increase  in 
wages,  shortening  of  the  workday,  im- 
provement in  sanitary  and  general  condi- 
tions under  which  the  work  is  done,  bet- 
ter protection  for  the  life  and  health  of 
the  workers.  These  are  fundamental  fac- 
tors in  determining  the  standard  of  living 
prevailing  among  working  people — the 
greater  proportion  of  all  the  people.  The 
test  of  the  degree  of  civilization  of  any 
nation  is  the  standard  of  living  generally 
prevailing.  There  can  be  no  question  of 
the  statement  that  the  general  standard 
of  living  among  Americans  has  been  raised 
year  after  year.  The  things  which  today 
are  held  to  be  necessities  were  deemed 
luxuries  a  decade  ago.  Furthermore,  there 
can  be  no  question  of  the  statement  that 
the  organized  labor  movement  of  America 

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has  been  the  most  potent  iorce  in  bring- 
ing about  this  higher  standard  of  living 
now  prevailing  among  the  American 
workingmen  and  women  and  those  de- 
pendent upon  them.  It  is  the  only  effec- 
tive defense  that  stands  between  the 
organized  workers  and  oppression  and  in- 
justice, the  common  lot  of  the  burden- 
bearers  of  the  world. 

The  trade  union  movement  of  Aiperica 
is  a  very  real  part  of  the  lives  of  the 
w^orkers,  a  living  thing  whose  spirit  has 
quickened  the  instincts  of  free  manhood 
and  womanhood  and  has  been  the  per- 
sistent protestant  against  condition  which 
oppressed  the  underpaid  and  undernour- 
ished, stunted  souls  and  scarred  bodies. 
In  addition,  it  has  been  the  means  of  free- 
ing the  minds  and  the  souls  of  men — 
this  is  its  greatest  service  to  humanity. 
The  spirit  of  the  trade  union  movement 
has  made  straight  the  bent  back;  it  has 
made  of  the  one  formerly  a  mere  suppliant 
for  favors,  a  free  individual,  unafraid, 
calmly  and  insistently  demanding  justice; 
it  has   freed  the  wills  of  men. 

After  all,  it  is  not  always  the  things 
that  can  be  seen  and  touched  that  give 
life  its  deepest  and  highest  purpose  and 
value,  but  it  is  the  determining,  actuating 
spirit.  The  trade  union  movement  has 
made  men  strong  and  able  in  their  col- 
lective might,  but  has  left  them  free  to 
live  their  individual  lives  without  let  or 
hindrance.  It  is  of  the  progress  of  this 
great  movement  that  we,  in  our  official 
capacity  as  members  of  the  Executive 
Council,  submit  to  you  our  report  of  the 
substance  of  what  has  been  undertaken 
and  accomplished  during  the  past  year. 

The  following  excerpts,  covering  mat- 
ters of  interest  to  the  railroad  telegraphers, 
are  taken  from  that  report: 


In  the  report  to  the  Toronto  Convention 
of  the  American  Federation  of  Labor  we 
directed  attention  .  to  the  movement — ^then 
in  its  conception — ^to  secure  legislation  pro- 
viding compensation  to  workmen  for  in- 
juries sustained  in  the  course  of  their 
employment.  The  convention  recommended 
"a  continuation  of  the  agitation  set  forth 
in  the  Executive  Council's  report  on  com- 

pensation and  liability,  to  the  end  that  nec- 
essary legislation  may  be  enacted." 

Pursuant  to  these  instructions,  your  Ex- 
ecutive Council  has  devoted  much  time  and 
effort  to  the  furtherance  of  this  important 
and  necessary  work.  From  time  to  time 
we  have  collected  and  collated  information 
for  the  use  of  the  working  people  and  have 
distributed  throughout  the  land  literature 
dealing  with  the  subject.  We  have  also 
associated  ourselves  with  and  have  sought 
the  co-operation  of  other  organizations  of 
men  and  women  interested  in  securing  the 
enactment  of  workmen's  compensation 
laws  and  legislation  for  the  prevention  of 
industrial  accidents. 

During  the  midsummer  session  of  your 
Executive  Council  we  appointed  Vice- 
Presidents  Duncan  and  Mitchell  to  co- 
operate with  other  associations  and  per- 
sons interested  in  the  subject  of  work- 
men's compensation  and  instructed  them  to 
institute  an  investigation  as  to  the  charac- 
ter and  operation  of  the  laws  enacted  on 
this  subject  in  the  various  States.  This 
investigation  is  progressing  as  expedi- 
tiously as  circumstances  and  the  impor- 
tance of  the  subject  will  permit.  The 
information  which  the  investigating  com- 
mission is  securing  should  prove  of  great 
value  to  our  movement  and  to  all  others 
interested  in  the  enactment  of  compensa- 
tion laws  sufficiently  comprehensive  to  pro- 
tect and  provide  for  the  victims  of  the 
hazards  of  industrial  pursuits.  When  this 
work  is  completed  the  Executive  Council 
will  be  in  possession  of  sufficient  informa- 
tion to  enable  it  to  make  a  comprehensive 
report  to  the  next  convention. 

At  this  time  and  in  this  preliminary  re- 
port, however,  we  are  able  to  announce 
that  the  movement  inaugurated  only  a  few 
years  ago  to  secure  the  enactment  of  com- 
pensation laws  has  progressed  to  an 
extent  that  justifies  the  hope  and  the  pre- 
diction that  if  the  organized  wage-earners 
take  proper  interest  in  the  subject,  com- 
pensation laws  will  be  enacted  in  all  the 
States  within  the  not-distant  future.  In 
fact,  largely  as  a  result  of  the  agitation 
carried  on  by  the  organized  wage-earners 
of  our  country,  all  enlightened  and  humane 
citizens  are  coming  to  recognize  the  justice 

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of  Labor's  claim  that  industry  shall  bear 
the- burden  of  the  losses  caused  to  work- 
men by  industrial  accidents,  and  that  the 
dependents  of  workmen  who  have  been 
killed  in  the  course  of  their  employment 
should  in  some  measure  be  compensated 
for  the  irreparable  loss  they  have  sus- 

Up  to  this  time  the  following  States, 
twenty-one  in  number,  have  enacted  com- 
pensation laws:  Arizona,  California,  Con- 
necticut, Illinois,  Iowa,  Kansas,  Maryland, 
Massachusetts,  Michigan,  Minnesota,  Ne- 
braska, Nevada,  New  Hampshire,  New  Jer- 
sey, Ohio,  Oregon,  Rhode  Island,  Texas, 
Washington,  West  Virginia,  Wisconsin. 

The  laws  of  some  of  these  States  pro- 
vide rates  of  compensation  wholly  inade- 
quate, and  in  other  instances  the  payment 
of  compensation  is  not  guaranteed  in  such 
a  manner  as  to  justify  the  workmen  in 
having  confidence  in  the  law.  Some  States, 
notably  California,  Illinois  and  Ohio,  rec- 
ognizing the  defects  and  the  inadequacy  of 
the  laws  first  enacted,  have  revised  and 
remodeled  their  compensation  acts  in  such 
a  manner  as  to  strengthen  and  improve 
them.  Other  States  are  considering  amend- 
ments that  will  remove  the  defects  in  their 
compensation  laws  which  experience  has 
shown  to  exist 

However,  notwithstanding  the  defects  of 
the  compensation  laws  of  many  of  our 
States— which  can  and  should  be  remedied 
—we  have  no  hesitancy  in  saying  that  in- 
jured workmen  and  their  dependent  fami- 
lies are  immeasurably  better  protected  and 
provided  for  under  compensation  laws  than 
they  were  imder  the  antiquated,  cruel  and 
unjust  common  law  as  it  related  to  an  em- 
ployer's liability. 

While  it  is  impossible,  for  constitutional 
reasons,  to  secure  absolute  uniformity  in 
legislation  among  all  the  States,  yet  there 
are  important  features  in  respect  to  rates 
of  compensation  and  to  the  creation  of 
machinery  for  the  administration  of  the 
law  against  which  there  are  no  constitu- 
tional inhibitions.  In  regard  to  these,  ef- 
fort should  be  made  to  secure  uniformity. 
In  our  judgment,  the  laws  in  all  States 
should  provide  that  an  injured  workman 
shall  receive  during  his  incapacity  66^  per 

cent  of  the  wages  he  was  earning  at  the 
time  the  accident  occurred;  furthermore, 
we  believe  that  a  workman  who  sustains 
an  accident  causing  permanent  partial  dis- 
ability should  receive,  in  addition  to  the 
usual  weekly  compensation,  a  specific  in- 
demnity. We  believe  that  every  law  should 
provide  guarantees  under  which  an  injured 
workman  or  his  dependents  shall  be  certain 
of  securing  the  compensation  provided  for 
in  the  law.  In  addition,  we  regard  it  of 
vital  importance  that  our  movement  should 
insist  that  an  industrial  board  be  created 
in  every  State,  with  full  power  to  direct 
and  administer  the  law.  To  this  board 
every  accident  should  be  reported  and  by 
it  all  settlements  of  claims  should  be  ap- 
proved. On  such  board  the  organized 
wage-earners  should  be  represented  by  one 
or  more  of  their*  best  and  most  faithful 

A  large  number  of  workmen's  compensa- 
tion bills  have  been  introduced  in  Congress. 
The  bills— S.  959,  by  Senator  Sutherland, 
of  Utah,  and  H.  R.  6534,  by  Representative 
Davis,  of  West  Virginia — ^are  companion 
bills  and  similar  in  character  to  the  one 
which  passed  both  Houses  in  the  last 
(Sixty-second)  Congress,  but  which  died 
in  the  closing  hours  of  the  Senate  because 
of  a  fillibuster  by  its  opponents.  The  Suth- 
erland-Davis bill  is  designed  to  cover  the 
interests  of  employes  engaged  in  interstate 
commerce  by  railroads.  The  bill,  H.  R. 
2944,  by  Representative  Sabath,  of  Illinois, 
is  for  a  similar  purpose. 

Bills  introduced  for  the  purpose  of  ex- 
tending the  Federal  Compensation  Act  to 
all  employes  of  the  Government  and  for 
the  further  purpose  of  increasing  the  bene- 
fits are:  S.  412,  by  Senator  Sutherland,  of 
Utah ;  S.  738,  by  Senator  Kern,  of  Indiana ; 
S.  1296,  by  Senator  Penrose,  of  Pennsyl- 
vania ;  H.  R.  1679,  by  Representative  Steen- 
erson,  of  Minnesota;  H.  R.  1729,  by  Rep- 
resentative Griest,  of  Pennsylvania;  H.  R. 
3335,  by  Representative  Gillett,  of  Massa- 
chusetts; H.  R.  5899,  by  Representative 
McGillicuddy,  of  Maine;  H.  R.  6145,  by 
Representative  Dupree,  of  Louisiana. 

The  Kern  and  McGillicuddy  bills  are  the 
most  comprehensive;  they  make  provision 
for  beneficial  payments  to  Federal  employes 

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suffering  from  occupational  diseases,  and 
for  the  appointment  of  a  Federal  Commis- 
sion to  administer  the  act  when  passed. 
All  of  the  above  measures  have  been  re- 
ferred to  the  respective  committees  on 
labor,  judiciary,  and  post  office. 


In  the  report  submitted  to  the  Roches- 
ter Convention  (pages  39-40  printed  pro- 
ceedings) on  the  subject  of  immigration, 
the  attention  of  the  convention  was  called 
to  the  bill  pending  before  Congress  having 
for  its  object  the  better  regulation  and  lim- 
itation of  immigration  to  the  United  States. 
Attention  was  called  to  the  bill  then  pend- 
ing in  the  Sixty-second  Congress  which  was 
the  result  of  the  combined  work  of  the 
American  Federation  of  Labor's  declara- 
tions as  well  as  those  features  recom- 
mended by  the  Federal  Immigration  Com- 
mission. The  bill  provided  for  an  illiteracy 
test  and  an  increase  of  the  head  tax,  with 
many  administrative  features  to  render  its 
enforcement  effective. 

The  convention  directed  your  officers  and 
Legislative  Committee  to  be  insistent  upon 
the  enactment  of  that  bill  before  the  expira- 
tion of  the  Sixty-second  Congress.  The 
instructions  were  carried  out,  with  the  re- 
sult that  the  bill  passed  the  Senate  and 
House  of  Representatives  by  overwhelming 
majorities,  and  reached  President  Taft, 
who  gave  hearings  thereon.  Owing  to 
President  Gompers'  important  engagement 
elsewhere.  Secretary  Morrison  and  our 
Legislative  Committee  appeared  at  the  con- 
ference with  the  President  and  strongly 
presented  the  cause  of  immigration  limita- 
tion and  regulation.  A  few  days  later  an- 
other conference  was  held  with  President 
Taft,  in  which  President  Gompers,  former 
Representative  Bennett,  of  New  York  (the 
representative  of  the  shipping  interests), 
and  Commissioner  of  Immigration  at  the 
Port  of  New  York,  Mr.  Williams,  partici- 
pated. The  entire  subject-matter  was  gone 
over  thoroughly.  Commissioner  Williams 
strongly  urged  the  President  to  sign  the 
bill.  He  supported  all  the  contentions 
which  Mr.  Gompers  made,  and  insisted  that 
if  for  no  other  reason  than  the  advan- 
tageous administrative  features  contained  in 

the  bill,  it  ought  to  become  a  law.  During 
the  conference  a  heated  colloquy  occurred 
between  Mr.  Bennett  and  President  Gom- 
pers, President  Taft  interjecting  a  remark 
to  Mr.  Bennett  that  he  was  "treed"  by  the 
statement.  When  the  conference  adjourned 
the  impression  was  firmly  made  that  the 
President  would  sign  the  bill.  He,  however, 
vetoed  it.  The  bill  having  originated  in 
the  Senate,  it  was  returned  there  by  Presi- 
dent Taft  with  his  veto.  The  Senate  passed 
the  bill  over  the  President's  veto  by  a  more 
than  two-thirds  vote.  The  bill  then  came 
to  the  House,  and  by  four  votes  failed  of 
passage  by  a  two-thirds  vote  over  the 
President's  veto.  Some  of  those  upon 
whom  we  most  confidently  relied  to  vote 
for  the  bill  in  the  House  at  all  stages  of 
its  progress  voted  contrary  to  the  interests 
of  Labor  and  the  American  people,  and 
thus  the  immigration  bill  failed  of  enact- 
ment in  the  last  Congress. 

In  the  special  session  of  this  (the  Sixty- 
third)  Congress,  a  large  number  of  bills 
for  the  purpose  of  restricting  immigration 
have  been  introduced,  among  them  being 
the  following:  S.  50,  by  Senator  Overman, 
of  North  Carolina;  S.  2406,  by  Senator 
Dillingham,  of  Vermont ;  S.  2453,  by  Sena- 
tor Smith,  of  South  Carolina;  H.  R.  1958, 
by  Representative  Roddenbery,  of  Georgia; 
H.  R.  102,  by  Representative  Raker,  of 
California;  H.  R.  2869,  2870,  2883,  2886, 
2888,  2923,  by  Representative  Hayes,  of 
California;  H.  R.  2934,  by  Representative 
Gardner,  of  Massachusetts;  H.  R.  6060,  by 
Representative  Burnett,  of  Alabama ;  H.  R. 
5973,  by  Representative  Sabath,  of  Illinois. 
The  bills  of  Representatives  Hayes  and 
Raker  deal  principally  with  Asiatic  exclu- 
sion, and  the  bills  by  Representative  Gard- 
ner and  Burnett  and  Senator  Smith  contain 
the  literacy  test  as  approved  by  the  Amer- 
ican Federation  of  Labor,  which  was  passed 
by  the  last  (Sixty-second)  Congress  and 
vetoed  by  President  Taft.  Mr.  Burnett, 
chairman  of  the  House  Committee  on  Im- 
migration, has  made  strenuous  endeavors 
to  secure  a  favorable  report  from  the  com- 
mittee on  H.  R.  6060,  and  it  is  probable 
that  it  will  be  reported  before  this  session 
of  Congress  closes. 

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In  addition  to  the  causes  which  prompt 
the  American  people,  and  particularly  the 
American  working  people,  to  insist  upon 
better  regulation  and  greater  limitation  of 
immigration  to  the  United  States  are  the 
social,  economic  and  labor  problems  which 
will  develop  and  grow  larger  after  the 
Panama  Canal  is  completed  and  open  to 
commerce.  Transportation  will  be  made 
easier  and  less  expensive.  Workers  from 
foreign  countries  will  be  able  to  obtain 
quicker  and  cheaper  access  to  the  Pacific 
Coast  States,  and  as  a  consequence  will  add 
to  the  immigration  problems  of  that  sec- 
tion of  our  country.  The  duty  of  the  or- 
ganized workers  on  the  Pacific  Coast  to 
meet  this  new  problem  will  be  more  .impera- 
tive. In  behalf  of  self-preservation  these 
problems  will  require  the  utmost  vigilance, 
not  only  by  the  general  labor  movement, 
but  also  by  the  people  of  the  whole  coun- 
try. Steamships  plying  between  foreign 
countries  and  the  United  StateS  have  laid 
their  plans  for  the  construction  of  more 
ships  for  the  transportation  of  immigrant 
workers  to  the  Far  West,  and  undoubtedly 
the  large  employers  will  avail  themselves 
to  the  utmost  to  take  advantage  of  such  an 
opportunity  for  their  own  immediate  inter- 
ests and  against  the  interests  of  America's 


Resolution  No.  101  of  the  Rochester 
Convention,  by  Delegates  McNulty,  Glynn, 
and  Ford,  of  the  International  Brother- 
hood of  Electrical  Workers,  instructing 
the  Legislative  Committee  to  use  every 
effort  within  its  power  to  obtain  the  enact- 
ment of  a  bill  requiring  railroad  com- 
panies to  equip  their  roads  with  auto- 
matic stop  systems,  was  given  all  of  the 
attention  that  was  possible  to  give  it  dur- 
ing the  closing  session  of  the  last  (Sixty- 
second)  Congress.  During  the  first  session 
of  the  present  Congress  (the  Sixty-third), 
several  bills  requiring  railroads  to  install 
"automatic  stop  systems**  have  been  in- 
troduced. All  such  bills  have  been  re- 
ferred to  the  appropriate  Committee  on 
Interstate  and  Foreign  Commerce,  where 
is  evidently  a  growing  sentiment  in  Con- 
gress in  favor  of  the  installation  of  some 

practical  automatic  stop  system.  As  soon 
as  such  a  system  can  be  proven  service- 
able there  is  no  doubt  but  that  Congress 
will  order  "automatic  stops**  on  all  inter- 
state railroads.  The  Interstate  Commerce 
Commission  has  very  diligently  examined 
most  of  the  projects  of  this  character 
that  are  worth  the  time  and  attention  of 
practical  railroad  men. 


Again  the  American  Federation  of  Labor 
has  succeeded  in  bringing  its  contempt 
proceedings  test  before  the  Supreme  Court 
of  the  United  States  for  decision.  The 
long  duration  and  the  many  vicissitudes 
of  thi>  case  most  forcefully  illustrates 
how  extremely  difficult  it  is  to  obtain  a 
judicial  enunciation  of  principle  or  appli- 
cation of  law  under  our  present  legalism. 

In  our  report  to  the .  Rochester  Con- 
vention we  told  of  the  initiation  of  the 
new  contempt  proceedings.  Equity  30,180, 
in  the  court  of  Judge  Wright,  the  hearing 
of  the  testimony,  and  that  opinion  and 
judgment  of  the  court  reaffirming  the  first 
decision  handed  down  in  1908.  We  stated 
that  an  appeal  had  been  taken  to  the  Dis- 
trict Court  of  Appeals.  The  case  was 
argued  before  that  court  February  25-26, 
1913.  Judge  Alton  B.  Parker  and  Jackson 
H.  Ralston  made  the  arguments  for  the 
representatives  of  the  American  Federa- 
tion of  Labor,  President  Gompers,  Vice- 
President  Mitchell,  and  Secretary  Morri- 
son. J.  J.  Darlington,  Clarence  R.  Wilson, 
and  Daniel  Davenport,  committeemen  ap- 
pointed by  Judge  Wright  after  the  Su- 
preme Court  decision  of  1911  to  investi- 
gate whether  or  not  there  were  just 
grounds  for  contempt  proceedings,  con- 
stituted the  counsel  for  the  prosecution. 

The  briefs  and  memoranda  filed  by  the 
counsel  for  the  American  Federation  of 
Labor,  as  well  as  in  their  arguments  be- 
fore the  court,  dealt  with  the  technical 
issues  necessarily  involved  in  asking  for 
an  appeal  and  the  tremendous  human  in- 
terests not  only  of  organized  labor  but  of 
all  advocates  of  liberty.  It  was  contended 
that  the  charges  constituted  criminal  con- 
tempt and  would  accordingly  be  governed 
by  the  rules  of  criminal  procedure  and 
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was  affirmed  that  the  opinion  and  mental 
attitude  of  the  Supreme  Court  of  the  Dis- 
trict of  Columbia  indicated  that  the  men 
were  found  guilty  of  want  of  respect  for 
judicial  authority  rather  than  contempt  of 
court.  The  argument  dealing  with  the 
human  interests  involved,  adduced  the  fact 
that  the  injunction  and  contempt  proceed- 
ings were  not  isolated  litigation,  but  were 
part  of  a  carefully  prepared  nation-wide 
attempt  to  disrupt  and  destroy  labor  or- 
ganizations, in  this  instance  by  harassing 
workingmen  with  judicial  orders  restrict- 
ing normal  activities  and  absorbing  their 
fundsr  in  expensive  litigation.  It  was  fur- 
thermore shown  that  the  evidence  pro- 
duced to  prove  violation  of  the  injunction 
included  political  gt>ceches  and  writings  in- 
dispensable to  the  pursuance  of  the 
avowed  legislative  purposes  of  the  Ameri- 
can Federation  of  Labor — the  enactment 
of  remedial  legislation  relieving  working- 
men  of  the  abuses  of  the  injunctive  writ 
which  hampered  them  in  the  exercise  of 
rights  guaranteed  them  by  custom  law, 
and  Constitution. 

The  District  Court  of  Appeals  gave  its 
decision  May  5,  1913.  The  opinion  of  the 
court,  written  by  Justice  Van  Orsdel  and 
concurred  in  by  Justice  Robb,  sustained 
the  lower  court  in  finding  Messrs.  Gom- 
pers,  Mitchell  and  Morrison  guilty  of  con- 
tempt of  court,  but  declared  the  sentence 
imposed  by  Justice  Wright  a  violation  of 
judicial  discretion.  The  court  changed  the 
sentences  imposed  from  imprisonment  for 
twelve,  nine,  and  six  months  to  imprison- 
ment for  thirty  days  for  President  Grom- 
pers,  and  $500  fines  for  Vice-President 
Mitchell  and  Secretary  Morrison.  In 
justifying  this  modification  of  sentences 
the  court  said: 

"The  differences  which  necessitated  the 
injunction  have  been  settled.  The  sole 
purposes  of  punishment,  therefore,  is  to 
give  reasonable  assurance  that  respondents 
will  in  the  future  respect  the  authority  of 
the  courts.  While  the  injunction  was  is- 
sued to  restrain  the  most  subtle  and  far- 
reaching  conspiracy  to  boycott  that  has 
come  to  our  attention  the  boycott  has 
ceased  and  the  necessity  for  the  injunction 
no  longer  existed  at  the  time  this  case 
was    tried   below.     A    penalty,   therefore, 

which  would  have  been  justifiable  to  pre- 
vent further  defiance  of  th^  order  of  the 
court  but  for  the  settlement,  would  now 
be  needless  and  excessive.  Had  the  court 
below  imposed  penalties  not  greatly  in  ex- 
cess of  those  which  we  now  deem  adequate, 
we  would  not  feel  justified  in  holding  that 
there  had  been  an  abuse  of  discretion. 
Since,  however,  the  penalties  imposed  are 
so  unreasonably  excessive,  and  we  are 
called  upon  to  modify  the  judgment,  we 
prefer  to  err,  if  at  all,  on  the  side  of 
moderation.  No  one,  however,  can  read 
this  record  without  being  convinced  that 
respondent  Gompers  had  been  chief  factor 
in  this  contempt;  hence,  a  severer  punish- 
ment is  merited  in  his  case  than  in  the 
cases  of  the  other  respondents." 

In  this,  as  in  the  first  contempt  case, 
Chief  Justice  Shepard  wrote  a  dissenting 
opinion.  He  held  that  the  Statute  of 
Limitations  did  apply  fo  the  particular 
offenses  ch&rged  and  would  bar  all  specifi- 
cations of  the  charges  against  John 
Mitchell  and  all  except  one  against  Frank 
Morrison.  This  was  the  one  charging  Mr. 
Morrison  with  the  circulation  of  the 
American  Federationist  for  September, 
190&  The  Chief  Justice  added:  "As  to 
this  the  charge  is  too  general  to  put  the 
party  under  notice."  As  to  the  charges 
specified  against  President  Gompers,  within 
the  three-year  period  Chief  Justice  Shep- 
ard did  not  consider  that  any  of  the  evi- 
dence produced  constituted  a  violation  of 
the  injunction.  This  opinion  concludes 
with  a  consideration  of  the  failure  of  the 
defendants  to  apologize,  as  was  suggested 
by  the  report  of  the  committee  appointed 
by  Justice  Wright.  The  Chief  Justice 
states : 

"The  failure  or  refusal  to  accept  the 
suggestion  has  been  considered  as  impor- 
tant in  measuring  the  intent  and  temper 
of  the  defendants.  I  am  unable  to  see 
how  the  refusal  to  apologize  for  an  act, 
the  commission  of  which  .had  been  ex- 
pressly denied,  shows  a  reprehensible  in- 
tent or  temper.  On  the  contrary,  it  seems 
to  me  the  natural  conduct  of  a  self-respect- 
ing man.  Having  sworn  that  he  had  neither 
disobeyed  nor  intended  to  disobey  the 
mandate  of  the  court,  a  confession  that  he 
had  done  so  would  be  solemn   admission 

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of  willful  perjury.  Moreover,  the  demand 
that  the  court  be  acquainted  'before  these 
proceedings  close  with  your  conviction 
whether  you  ought  and  whether  you  here- 
after expect  to  lend  adherence  to  the  de- 
crees of  judicial  tribunals  of  the  land  in 
matters  committed  by  law  to  their  jurisdic- 
tion and  power/  was  entirely  outside  of 
the  offense  charged  and  beyond  the  power 
of  any  court." 

The  opinion  by  the  District  Court  of 
Appeals  did  not  give  a  decision  to  the 
fundamental  issues  upon  which  organized 
labor  had  been  so  long  asking  a  judicial 
ruling.  Labor  wished  to  know  what  posi- 
tion the  highest  court  of  the  land  would 
take  upon  the  matter  involved — namely, 
when  a  court  transcends  the  power  dele- 
gated to  it  by  law,  and  issues  an  order 
forbidding  persons  to  do  that  which  they 
have  a  lawful  right  to  do,  rights  which 
are  specifically  guaranteed  and  protected 
by  the  written  Constitution,  is  that  order 
null  and  void?  Organized  labor  had  been 
prohibited  tjie  right  of  free  speech  and  of 
free  press — the  rights  essential  to  the 
presentation  and  discussion  of  grievances 
and  abuses.  Therefore,  the  counsel  for 
the  American  Federation  of  Labor  were 
instructed  to  file  a  petition  in  the  Supreme 
Court  of  the  United  States  for  a  writ  of 
certiorari  to  obtain  a  review  of  the  case 
by  the  highest  tribunal  of  the  land. 

The  modification  of  sentences  made  by 
the  District  Appeal  Court  was  displeasing 
to  Judge  Wright,  who  filed  a  petition  ask- 
ing the  Supreme  Court  to  reverse  that 
part  of  the  decision  which  reduced  the 
sentence.  The  petition,  charging  the  ap- 
peal court  with  transgressing  the  bounds 
of  its  authority,  is  an  incident  unique  in 
the  history  of  jurisprudence. 

The  Supreme  Court  of  the  United 
States,  to  cover  any  possible  technical  ques- 
tion, has  granted  a  writ  of  error  and  an 
appeal.  It  has  reserved  the  question  of 
the  granting  of  a  writ  of  certiorari  and  in 
all  probability  will  not  pass  upon  that 
question  until  the  case  comes  on  to  be 


The  unemployed  men  and  women  of 
our  country  are  always  a  matter  of  con- 
cern to  the  organized  labor  movement.    So 

long  as  there  is  a  man  or  woman  willing 
to  work  for  whom  there  is  no  employment, 
society  as  a  whole  is  failing  to  do  justice. 
The  changing  seasons  of  the  year  de- 
crease or  increase  the  number  of  unem- 
ployed, and  while  the  organized  labor 
movement  is  battling  for  a  greater  degree 
of  economic  justice  for  those  who  are 
directly  affiliated,  its  attention  must  be 
directed  to  that  portion  of  our  population 
who  are  idle  through  no  fault  of  their 

The  tremendous  responsibility  resting 
upon  our  organized  movement*,  first,  to 
educate  the  non-union  workers  so  that 
they  may  comprehend  the  rights  to  which 
they  are  entitled,  and  then  to  organize 
them  into  labor  unions,  does  not  consti- 
tute our  full  duty.  Every  question  which 
has  to  do  with  the  general  welfare  of  the 
people  comes  within  the  scope  of  the 
organized  labor  movement.  It  is  the  only 
organized  force  that  operates  with  direct- 
ness and  method.  So  long  as  there  are 
unemployed  who  are  willing  to  work  it 
should  be  the  aim  of  our  movement  to 
extend  to  them  whatever  assistance  may 
be  possible  and  to  endeavor  to  implant  in 
their  hearts  and  minds  the  fact  that  the 
organized  men  and  women  of  Labor  are 
anxious  to  be  of  service  to  those  who  are 
less  fortunately  situated.  The  labor  move- 
ment should  be  ever  mindful  of  the  fact 
that  the  future  will  demand  that  some 
specific  plan  be  devised  for  meeting  this 
duty  to  those  without  a  chance  to  earn  a 

There  are  many  way  in  which  organized 
labor  and  the  general  public  could  mitigate 
the  evils  of  unemployment  without  devis- 
ing any  elaborate  program  of  social  justice 
or  economic  reform.  This  labor  might 
be  utilized  in  the  construction  of  public 
works— in  road  building — which  new  meth- 
ods of  travel  are  making  of  increasing 
importance — and  by  shortening  the  hours 
of  those  already  employed  so  that  no  one 
shall  be  employed  more  than  eight  hours 
per   day. 

Not  only  should  there  be  the  humani- 
tarian impulse  to  share  with  our  less 
fortunate  fellow-workers,  the  unemployed, 
but  there  must  be  an  appreciation  of  the 
real  menace  which  a  body  of  unemployed 

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workers  constitutes  to  the  standards  of 
wages,  working  conditions,  and  living  of 
those  who  are  employed.  Those  who  are 
unemployed,  those  who  are  perforce  al- 
most compelled  to  underbid  fair  rates, 
those  who  undermine  standards  of  living, 
constitute  an  almost  insurmountable  ob- 
stacle to  greater  material  progress  and 
advancement.  It  is  a  problem  that  de- 
mands constructive  treatment.  Every 
method  by  which  unemployment  can  be 
eliminated  should  be  most  carefully  util- 
ized by  the  organized   labor  movement. 

The  following  officers  were  elected  for 
the  ensuing  year:  President,  Samuel 
Gompers ;  First  Vice-President,  James  Dun- 
can; Second  Vice-President,  James  O'Con- 
nell;  Third  Vice-President,  D.  A.  Hayes; 
Fourth  Vice-President,  Joseph  F.  Valen- 
tine ;  Fifth  Vice-President,  John  R.  Alpine ; 
Sixth  Vice-President.  H.  B.  Perham; 
Seventh  Vice-President,  John  P.  White; 
Eighth  Vice-President,  Frank  Duffy; 
Treasurer,  John  B.  Lennon;  Secretary, 
Frank  Morrison. 

Philadelphia,  Pa.,  was  chosen  as  the  next 
meeting   place. 


STARTING  with  the  first  of  this  year 
the  New  York  Workmen's  Compen- 
sation Act  took  effect,  and  this  State 
is  now  in  line  with  almost  half  the  States 
of  the  country  who  are  endeavoring  to 
compel  employers  to  insure  in  some  man- 
ner the  payment  of  moneys  to  workers 
injured  in  the  course  of  their  employment. 
The  law  provides  three  ways  in  which  em- 
ployers may  insure  themselves — either  in 
a  State-authorized  casualty  company,  or  in 
a  mutual  company  composed  of  not  less 
than  forty  employers  having  not  less  than 
2,500  employes,  or  by  payment  of  certain 
designated  premiums  into  the  State  fund. 
Another  method  will  affect  only  large  cor- 
porations, such  as  railroads,  telegraph  and 
telephone  concerns.  It  provides  that  these 
corporations,  if  they  so  elect,  may  deposit 
in  banks  an  amount,  to  be  decided  upon  by 
the  commission,  necessary  to  pay  claims 
against    it.      The    various    industries    are 

divided  into  groups,  and  each  group  will 
pay  a  rate  decided  upon  by  the  commission. 
Payments  start  the  first  of  July  next.  Fail- 
ure to  make  payments  after  this  date  in- 
vokes a  penalty  of  $1  a  day  for  every  em- 
ploye for  such  neglect  or  refusal.  To  fur- 
ther make  it  possible  for  all  workers  to  be 
compensated,  the  law  provides  that  in  case 
of  a  suit  against  an  employer  who  has  not 
complied  with  the  law,  all  previous  de- 
fenses are  taken  from  him,  and  his  only 
defenses  are  that  the  injury  was  caused  by 
the  willful  intention  of  the  injured  em- 
ploye or  where  the  injury  results  solely 
from  intoxication — both  of  which  are  ques- 
tions for  jury  decision. 


THE  Vice-President  of  the  United 
States,  Hon.  Thomas  R.  Marshall, 
and  also  President  of  the  United 
States  Senate,  recently  presented  to  the 
Senate  a  letter  from  Hon.  Henry  W.  Blair, 
former  United  States  Senator  from  New 
Hampshire,  and  asked  that  this  letter,  to- 
gether with  an  accompanying  communica- 
tion, be  printed  as  a  Senate  document.  The 
subject  of  the  letter  was  school  statistics. 
The  document  is  No.  224,  and  can  be  se- 
cured by  addressing  any  senator.  The  doc- 
ument contains  a  letter  addressed  to  "Mr. 
Blair  by  Alex.  Summers,  statistican  of  the 
Bureau  of  Education,  and  contains  a  table 
of  actual  expenses  of  all  the  States  in  the 
Union  for  primary  mental  training,  this 
not  including  the  high  schools.  It  is  stated 
that  the  educators  of  the  country  agree 
that  $28  per  capita  is  the  least  annual  ex- 
penditure which  will  give  the  American 
child  a  good — not  the  best — common-school 
education.  It  is  shown  in  the  table  of 
expenditures  that  the  average  amount  of 
money  expended  by  the  States  totals 
$446,726,929,  while  if  $28  per  capita  had 
been  expended,  the  least  amount  which  the 
educators  say  will  provide  a  common- 
school  education,  there  should  have  been 
expended  $692,875,664.  It  is  a  valuable 
document  and  should  be  in  the  possession 
of  those  who  are  interested  in  the  expend- 
itures made   for  education. 

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The  organized  workers  of  Three  Rivers, 
Quebec,  have  formed  a  Trade  and  Labor 

The  House  Labor  Committee  of  Con- 
gress has  favorably  reported  the  Bureau 
of  Safety  Bill. 

Eleven  hundred  and  nine  new  members 
were  initiated  into  the  Order  during  the 
month  of  December,  1913. 

A  compulsory  workmen's  compensa- 
tion law  has  been  enacted  in  New  York 
State,  which  became  effective  on  Jan- 
uary 1st. 

The  government  of  the  Dominion  of 
Canada  has  declared  in  favor  of  the  union 
rate  of  wages  for  all  work  on  the  Tor- 
onto harbor.  y 

A  dispatch  from  St.  Paul  says  that  the 
Minnesota  Wage  Commission  will  proba- 
bly fix  the  minimum  wage  for  girls  at  not 
less  than  $8.50  per  week. 

The  new  Workmen's  Compensation 
Act  of  California,  which  went  into  effect 
January  1st,  requires  every  employer  of 
labor  to  insure  his  employes. 

The  Master  Builders  of  Fargo,  N.  D., 
and  vicinity  gave  their  employes  a  Christ- 
mas gift  in  the  form  of  an  "open  shop" 
decoration  and  the  struggle  is  now  on. 

The  defeat  of  Mayor  White,  of  Hol- 
yoke,  Mass.,  is  credited  to  organized 
labor,  who  opposed  him  on  account  of  his 
hostility  during  his  incumbency  in  office. 

Nearly  one  thousand  hosiery  workers, 
mostly  girls,  are'on  strike  at  the  Four 
Mills  controlled  by  Wni.  H.  Tauble,  of 
Philadelphia,  because  of  a  reduction  in 

The  Editor  gracefully  acknowledges 
the  receipt  of  a  large  number  of  Christ- 
mas and  New  Year's  cards  from  mem- 
bers throughout  the  United  States  and 

The  contract  for  building  the  new^tate 
Capitol  of  Missouri  has  been  let,  and  it 
is  asserted  that  the  firm  securing  the  con- 
tract will  use  only  union  labor  in  its 

Members  should  carefully  study  the 
new  secret  work  sent  out  with  the  June 
30th,  1914,  cards,  especially  that  part  in 
regard  to  the  wire  test,  which  has  been 
entirely  changed. 

The  city  of  San  Francisco  has  acquired 
its  second  street  railway  when  it  took 
over  the  Union  Street  Line.  The  voters 
sanctioned  the  purchasing  of  this  line  at 
a  recent  election. 

The  differences  -between  the  General 
Electric  Company,  whose  general  offices 
are  located  at  Schenectady,  N.  Y.,  and  its 
employes,  have  been  adjusted  to  the  sat- 
isfaction of  all  concerned. 

E.  G.  Hall,  President  of  the  Minnesota 
State  Federation  of  Labor,  has  been  ap- 
pointed a  member  of  the  Efficiency  and 
Economy  Commission  of  that  State  by 
Governor  Eberhart. 

The  Judiciary  Committee  of  the  United 
States  Senate  voted  just  prior  to  the 
Christmas  recess,  to  take  up  the  Work- 
men's Compensation  Bill,  shortly  after 
the  reconvening  of  that  body. 

The  Order  closed  the  year  1913  with 
more  members  in  good  standing  than 
ever  before  in  its  history.  A  full  review 
of  the  accomplishments  of  the  last  year 
will  appear  in  the  February  number. 

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The  Colorado  Springs  and  Interurban 
Street  Railway  Companies  made  its  225 
employes  each  a  Christmas  gift  of  a  one 
thousand-dollar  insurance  policy,  the 
premiums  on  which  will  be  paid  annually 
by  the  company. 

A  cablegram  from  Rome  to  the  Press 
Associations  of  this  country,  states  that 
the  Italian  government  is  discouraging 
emigration  of  Italian  workers  to  the 
United  States.  A  warning  has  been  is- 
sued that  there  is  no  demand  in  America 
for  unskilled  labor. 

The  Commercial  Telegraphers'  Union 
of  America  charges  the  Western  Union 
Telegraph  Company  with  maintaining  a 
spy  system,  and  has  called  upon  the  Fed- 
eral Industrial  Relations  Commission  to 
investigate  the  charge. 

The  Oregon  State  Supreme  Court  has 
just  handed  down  a  decision  in  which  it 
declines  to  exempt  State  institutions  from 
the  law  which  governs  private  concerns, 
providing  for  eight  hours*  work  in  a 
twenty-four-hour  day. 

Reports  from  1,059  labor  organizations 
in  Massachusetts  for  the  quarter  ending 
September  30,  1913,  which  comprise  an 
aggregate  membership  of  177,267,  show 
that  6.8  per  cent  were  reported  as  unem- 

Have  you  paid  your  dues  in  the  Order 
and  assessments  in  the  Mutual  Benefit 
Department  for  the  new  term?  If  not, 
why  not?  It  doesn't  cost  any  more  to 
pay  them  one  time  than  another  and  it  is 
advantageous  to  be  in  good  standing  at 
all  times. 

United  States  Senator  Owen,  of  Okla- 
homa, has  introduced  in  the  Senate  a  bill 
providing  for  an  old  age  pension  fund, 
which,  if  adopted,  will  put  the  national 
savings  banks  in  competition  with  the 
mutual  savings  insurance  companies,  as 
it  authorizes  the  postals  savings  bank  to 
receive  and  administer  savings  paid  in 
by   citizens,   the   dues    or   premiums   on 

which  are  to  entitle  depositors  to  partici- 
pate in  the  co-operative  system  of  life 

Congressman  Lewis,  of  Maryland,  one 
of  the  few  union  men  in  Congress,  who  is 
recognized  as  an  authority  on  the  sub- 
ject, states  that  American  telephone  and 
telegraph  rates  are  far  in  excess  of  those 
of  any  other  nation.  His  remedy  is  gov- 
ernment ownership  of  the  telephone 
lines,  which  could  then  be  used  for  tele- 
graphic purposes. 

Workers  in  the  Province  of  Ontario 
are  urging  the  passage  of  the  proposed 
Workmen's  Compensation  for  Injuries 
Act.  Throughout  the  province  trades 
union  meetings  are  being  held  for  the 
purpose  of  creating  sentiment  in  favor 
of  the  act. 

Congressman  Sabath,  of  Illinois,  has 
introduced  a  joint  resolution  in  the 
House,  proposing  that  a  committee  of 
three  Senators  be  appointed  by  the  Presi- 
dent and  three  members  to  be  selected  by 
the  House  to  investigate  and  report  on 
the  subject  of  old  age  pensions  and  an- 
nuities on  or  before  December  1,  1915. 

A  testimonial  dinner  is  to  be  given  to 
President  Gompers,  of  the  American  Fed- 
eration of  Labor,  in  Washington,  on  the 
night  of  January  27th,  by  the  Central 
Labor  Union  of  that  city,  which  is  the 
occasion  of  Mr.  Gompers'  sixty-fourth 
birthday  anniversary. 

The  Iowa  State  Board  of  Prison  Con- 
trol has  notified  the  officers  of  the  State 
Federation  of  Labor  that  the  board  is  in 
sympathy  with  the  stand  of  the  Federa- 
tion on  the  convict  labor  question  and 
will  endeavor,  so  far  as  it  can  consist- 
ently, to  comply  with  the  request  of  the 
State  labor  body  in  this  matter. 

The  appeal  of  President  Gompers,  Sec- 
retary Morrison  and  Vice-President 
Mitchell,  of  the  Annerican  Federation  of 
Labor,  in  their  contempt  cases,  was 
argued  before  the  United  States  Supreme 

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Court  on  the  7th  and  8th.  After  the 
close  of  the  argument,  the  court  took  the 
case  under  its  advisement,  and  is  ex- 
pected to  render  a  decision  in  about  four 

James  Fry,  of  Worden,  111.,  a  coal 
miner,  has  been  given  the  full  amount 
asked  for  in  his  proceedings  against  the 
employing  coal  company  by  a  board  of 
arbitration  under  the  new  Illinois  Work- 
men's Compensation  Act,  the  award  be- 
ing $3,500. 

The  year  1913  broke  all  records-  for 
immigrants  landing  at  Philadelphia,  with 
a  total  of  76,000  as  against  61,163  for  the 
year  1912,  which  was  a  record  up  to  that 
time.  Most  of  the  immigrants  came 
from  Russia  and  the  southern  countries 
of  Europe. 

The  House  Committee  on  Immigration 
on  December  15th,  by  an  overwhelming 
vote,  voted  to  report  favorably  the  Bur- 
nett Immigration  Bill  in  practically  the 
same  fonh  as  the  similarly  named  meas- 
ure which  passed  the  Sixty-second  Con- 
gress, and  which  was  vetoed  by  President 

The  city  of  San  Francisco  took  over 
the  Presidio  and  Ferries  Street  Railway 
Lines  at  midnight  on  December  10th. 
Up  to  that  time  the  motormen,  con- 
ductors and  other  employes  were  receiv- 
ing $2.70  a  day  for  ten  hours.  When  the 
lines  passed  into  the  hands  of  the  city  the 
wages  were  immediately  raised  to  $3.00 
per  day  of  eight  hours. 

The  House  Committee  on  Post  Offices 
and  Post  Roads  of  Congress  has  voted  to 
recommend  an  appropriation  of  $100,000 
to  enable  the  Postmaster  General  to  ex- 
periment with  government-owned  rail- 
way mail  cars.  If  the  experiment  is 
found  to  be  economical,  for  the  govern- 
ment, the  committee  has  expressed  a 
willingness  to  recommend  an  appropria- 
tion for  the  purpose  of  supplying  suffi- 
cient railway  mail  cars  to  conduct  the 
business  of  the  government. 

The  labor  commissioners  of  several 
States  have  formed  the  American  Asso- 
ciation of  Public  Employment  Officers, 
which  will  interest  itself  in  placing  un- 
skilled unemployed  in  sections  "where  this 
labor  is  in  demand,  and  the  federal  gov- 
ernment will  also  be  urged  to  establish 

The  Department  of  Justice  at  Wash- 
ington has  instructed  Edward  J.  Bow- 
man, Acting  Federal  District  Attorney  at 
Grand  Rapids,  Mich.,  to  make  a  thorough 
investigation  of  the  deportation  of  Presi- 
dent Moyer,  of  the  Western  Federation 
of  Miners,  from  the  copper  region  of 

President  Gompers,  of  the  American 
Federation  of  Labor,  appeared  before  the 
House  Judiciary  Committee  of  Congress 
on  December  16th,  for  the  purpose  of 
urging  the  committee  to  take  early  action 
on  the  Bartlett  Bill,  which  prohibits  the 
issuance  of  injunctions  in  labor  disputes 
and  also  amends  the  Sherman  anti-trust 
law,  by  excluding  labor  organizations  and 
farmers'  associations  from  the  provisions 
of  that  law. 

The  merchants  of  Indianapolis,  Ind.,' 
who  lent  their  influence  to  form  the 
"Merchants'  Association,"  the  object  of 
which  was  to  antagonize  organized  labor, 
are  now  said  to  be  regretting  their  action. 
These  merchants  are  said  to  at  least  real- 
ize that  the  organized  laboring  people  of 
that  city  are  large  purchasers  of  goods 
and  that  they  have  the  inalienable  right 
to  bestow  their  patronage  wherever  they 
see  fit.  

A  London  dispatch  says  that  the  Com- 
mittee on  Life  Saving  Appliances,  ap- 
pointed by  the  International  Congress  on 
Safety  at  Sea,  has  agreed  on  its  recom- 
mendation to  be  submitted  to  Congress. 
The  principle  of  "Boats  for  All"  has  been 
accepted  subject  to  the  proviso  that 
where  the  fullest  use  is  made  of  the  space 
available  for  the  fitting  of  davits  pon- 
toon rafts  may  be  provided  for  25  per 
cent  of  those  on  board  and  life  boats  of 
a  recognized  type  for  the  remainder. 

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The  following  births  have  been  reported 
since  the  last  issue  of  The  Telegrapher: 

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a  boy. 

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girl.  ^ 

The  following  marriages  have  been  re- 
ported since  the  last  issue  of  The  Teleg- 

Bro.  C.  E.  Gillespie,  of  Div.  No.  54,  to 
Miss  Walker. 

Bro.  M.  B.  Stead,  of  Div.  No.  2,  to  Miss 
Anna  Na  Pier. 

and  Mrs.  Burens,  a  boy. 
and  Mrs.  Tom  Hurst,  a  girl, 
and  Mrs.  H.  J.  Lund,  a  girl, 
and  Mrs.  L.  C.  Wyse,  a  boy. 
and  Mrs.  R.  N.  Scott,  a  girl, 
and  Mrs.  Frank  Allen,  a  boy. 
and  Mrs.  V.  P.  Upton,  a  girl, 
and  Mrs.  A.  S.  Carver,  a  boy. 
and  Mrs.  D.  B.  Frost,  a  girl, 
and  Mrs.  J.  W.  Frost,  a  girl, 
and  Mrs.  M.  P.  Kyser,  a  girl, 
and  Mrs.  R.  A.  Caller,  a  girl, 
and  Mrs.  J.  D.  Minsel,  a  girl, 
and  Mrs.  Jim  Williams,  a  boy. 
and  Mrs.  W.  R.  Wilder,  a  girl, 
and  Mrs.  W.  G.  Lacey,  a  girl, 
and  Mrs.  W.  L.  Nolan,  a  boy. 
and  Mrs.  R.  E.  Crawer,  a  boy. 
and  Mrs.  C.  P.  Taylor,  a  boy. 
and  Mrs.  T.  N.  Holland,  a  girl, 
and  Mrs.  H.  B.  Young,  a  girl, 
and  Mrs.  S.  R.  Walton,  a  boy. 
and  Mrs.  H.  W.  Smith,  a  boy. 
and  Mrs.  Harry  Hendrickson, 

and   Mrs.   H.   S.   Parkman,   a 

and   Mrs.  Martin  J.  Carey,  a 

and   Mrs.   F.  W.  Pennock,  a 

and  Mrs.  R.  O.  Dornblaser,  a 

and   Mrs.   C.   H.   Darvvood,  a 

Bro.  W.  T.  Mclver,  of  Div.  No.  119,  to 
Miss  Susie  Gryte. 

Bro.  H.  A.  Long,  of  Div.  No.  54,  to 
Miss  Freda  Elder. 

Bro.  E.  S.  Krom,  of  Div.  No.  113,  to 
Miss  Bessie  Jones. 

Bro.  H.  E.  Stayner,  of  Div.  No.  130,  to 
Miss  Ruth  Kibben. 

Bro.  John  Traver,  of  Div.  No.  59,  to 
Miss  Lula  Elliott. 

Bro.  Tom  Gaffney,  of  Div.  No.  44,  to 
Sister  Edith  Barke. 

Sister  Anna  O.  Stewart,  of  Div.  No.  23, 
to  Mr.  L.  M.  Kight. 

Bro.  Floyd  L.  Main,  of  Div.  No.  16,  to 
Miss  Vivian  McCart. 

Sister  Florence  Barton,  of  Div.  No.  93, 
to  Mr.  F.  B.  Kawkes. 

Bro.  John  G.  Daird,  of  Div.  No.  97,  to 
Miss  Fannie  L.  King. 

Bro.  A.  R.  Snyder,  of  Div.  No.  153,  to 
Miss  Edna  A.  Haley. 

Bro.  E.  E.  Blair,  of  Div.  No.  119,  to 
Miss  Susan  Heinzen. 

Bro.  M.  W.  Buck,  of  Div.  No.  35,  to 
Miss  Bertha  Brigham. 

Bro.  Jay  Crannell,  of  Div.  No.  93,  to 
Miss  Edna  Hartbank. 

Bro.  E.  E.  Ottinger,  of  Div.  No.  130,  to 
Miss  Ruth  Hammond. 

Bro.  K.  F.  Little,  of  Div.  No.  126,  to 
Miss  Frate  F.  Ferrell. 

Bro.  Tommy  Moran,  of  Div.  No.  159, 
to  Miss  Mafy  E.  Ryan. 

Sister  E.  J.  Yarborough,  of  Div.  No. 
46,  to  Bro.  B.  L.  Gay. 

Sister  Martha  Roach,  of  Div.  No.  32, 
to  Mr.  H.  L.  Hendrick. 

Bro.  W.  H.  Kebach,  of  Div.  No.  17,  to 
Miss  Leotta  Broscious. 

Bro.  W.  A.  Pitre,  of  Div.  No.  137,  to 
Miss  Birdie  L.  Jackson. 

Bro.  J.  A.  Fredrickson,  of  Div.  No.  6, 
to  Miss  Muriel  Whitney. 

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Bro.  J.  E.  Breckinridge,  of  Div.  No. 
126.  to  Miss  Edna  Coffin. 

Bro.  John  W.  Sackett,  of  Div.  No.  129, 
to  Miss  Marie  M.  Manore. 

The  Telegrapher  extends  congratula- 
tions to  the  happy  couples. 

The  following  deaths  have  been  reported 
since  the  last  issue  of  The  Telegrapher: 

Father  of  Bro.  W.  F.  Glaspy. 

Bro.  C  J.  King,  of  Div.  No.  94. 

Bro.  F.  L.  Lary,  of  Div.  No.  42. 

Bro.  L  H.  Lutz,  of  Div.  No.  42. 

Bro.  D.  C.  Bailey,  of  Div.  No.  59. 

Bro.  E.  C.  Phelps,  of  Div.  No.  93. 

Bro.  P.  H.  Curran,  of  Div.  No.  21. 

Bro.  H.  L.  Jewel,  of  Div.  No.  132. 

Bro.  H.  M.  Stevens,  of  Div.  No.  17. 

Bro.  O.  M.  Coomes,  of  Div.  No.  29. 

Brother  of  Bro.  Bauer,  of  Div.  No.  8. 

Bro.  Sidney  L.  Owen,  of  Div.  No.  93. 

Son  of  Bro.  H.  W.  Hix,  of  Div.  No.  154. 

Wife  of  Bro.  C.  J.  Clifford,  of  Div.  No. 

Mother  of  Bro.  S.  E.  Briggs,  of  Div. 
No.  8. 

Mother  of  Bro.  E.  G.  Smith,  of  Div. 
No.  8. 

Mother  of  Bro.  S.  E.  Briggs,  of  Div. 
No.  8. 

Brother  of  Bro.  D.  E.  Greene,  of  Div. 
No.  21. 

Wife  of  Bro.  A.  I.  Lathrop,  of  Div. 
No.  23. 

Wife  of  Bro.  W.  J.  Maloney,  of  Div. 
No.  23. 

Father  of  J.  H.  Thornton,  of  Div. 
No.  32. 

Bro.  James  E.  Bowerman,  of  Div. 
No.  39. 

Wife  of  Bro.  O.  E.  Monts,  of  Div. 
No.  59. 

Wife  of  Bro.  E.  J.  Wilson,  of  Div. 
No.  71. 

Father  of  Bro.  W.  H.  Coburn,  of  Div. 
No.  Id. 

Wife  of  Bro.  H.  S.  Noble,  of.  Div. 
No.  93. 

Brother  of  Bro.  T.  F.  McNeill,  of  Div. 
No.  93. 

Mother  of  Bro.  B.  D.  Burke,  of  Div. 
No.  94. 

Father  of  Bro.  Robt.  A.  Riffey,  of  Div. 
No.  126. 

Mother  of  Bro,  R.  A.  Fulmer,  of  Div. 
No.  130. 

Sister  of  Sister  Annie  G.  Algeo,  of 
Div.  No.  8. 

Daughter  of  Bro.  J.  W.  Barnhart,  of 
Div.  No.  53. 

Brother  of  Bro.  A.  H.  Robinson,  of 
Div.  No.  140. 

Father  of  Sister  Genevieve  M.  Brown, 
of  Div.  No.  126. 

Brother  of  Bros.  J.  M.  and  J.  W.  Boose, 
of  Div.  No.  126. 

The  bereaved  relatives  have  the  sym- 
pathy of  all. 


Mr.  W.  G.  Shields.  Pop,  write  No.  40 
St.  Marys  St.  Everything  O.  K.  Don't 
worry  about  us.  Dave. 

Present  address  of  U.  S.  Sandusky,  op- 
erator; last  heard  of  in  Atlanta,  Ga.,  in 
1910.  "US,"  if  you  see  this,  let  me  hear 
from  you.  C.  A.  McCrea. 

Present  address  of  W.  T.  or  Charlie 
Shelton.  Boys,  if  either  of  you  see  this, 
write  me,  care  of  W.  &  L.  E.  R.  R.  at 
Williston,  Ohio.  J.  H.  Woodruff. 

Present  address  of  J.  G.  Olsen;  last 
heard  of  at  Ft.  Logan,  Colo.  "JO,"  write 
me,  care  C.  M.  Ry.,  Leadville,  Colo. 

S.  F.  O'Brien. 

Present  address  of  Operator  Charles  H. 
Underwood.  Sister  very  anxious  about 
him.    Write  F.  K.  Sims, 

213  Hoover  St.,  Newark,  Ohio. 

Present  address  of  B.  D.  J.  Jorursett; 
last  heard  of  worked  for  G.  N.  Ry.  at 
Wiona,  Wash.  Kindly  write  Mr.  Frank 
Card,  Grand  Trunk  Telegrapher,  Valpa- 
raiso, Ind. 

Present  address  of  Guy  McNabney;  last 
heard  of  working  for  the  Western  Union 
in*  Kansas   City,  in  August,   1912.     If  you 
see  this  Mac,  please  write  to  me  here. 
M.  B.  Mc  Mullen, 
Mojave,  Cal. 

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Present  address  of  Otto  Greggerson ;  last 
heard  of  working  at  Ackley,  Iowa.  "OG," 
if  you  see  this,  write  me  at  Texline,  Texas. 
I  have  $6.85  worth  of  news  for  you. 

Ray  S.  Holmes. 

Any  information  regarding  the  where- 
abouts of  J.  Stanley  Siddorn,  train  dis- 
patcher and  operator;  last  heard  of  dis- 
patching trains  for  the  L.  M.  &  S.  at 
Wynne,  Ark.  C.  Stewart. 

Present  address  of  Operator  D.  A.  Mar- 
gin; last  heard  of  on  Cotton  Belt.     Dave, 
if  you  see  this,  please  drop  me  a  card. 
J.  H.  McMann, 
North  4th  St.,  Steubenville,  Ohio. 

Anyone  knowing  the  present  where- 
abouts of  Operator  D.  D.  Rice,  formerly 
of  D.  &  R.  G.,  Soldier  Summit,  Utah, 
please  communicate  with 

H.  E.  Harris, 
Care  G.  N.,  Cut  Bank,  Mont. 

Present  address  of  Bro.  H.  L.  Crawford ; 
last  heard  of  was  going  to  do  wireless 
work  on  Pacific  coast. 

Ed  R.  Derrick  son. 

General  Secretary  and  Treasurer  Division 
23,  Room  403,  No.  3946  Cottage  Grove  Ave., 
Chicago,  111. 

Present  address  of  Thomas  H.  Diffen- 
derfer.  When  last  heard  of  he  was  in 
Kansas  City,  Mo.,  about  three  years  ago. 
Tom,  if  you  see  this,  write  your  sister.  She 
has  something  important  to  tell  you. 
Mrs.  F.  O.  Fleck, 
1523  Third  Ave.,  Altoona,  Pa. 

Present  address  of  Ed  Low;  last  heard 
of  as  conductor  on  the  Iowa  Central  Ry. 
running  out  of  Oskaloosa,  Iowa,  about  six 

years  ago.    His  brother  is  very  anxious  to 
get   in   communication   with    him.     Write 
A.  W.  Low  or  B.  E.  Nason, 
Athol,  Idaho. 

Present  address  of  Claude  L.  Williams; 
was  employed  by  the  W.  P.  at  Oroville, 
Cal.  Anyone  knowing  his  address  or  can 
give  me  any  information  concerning  him 
will  greatly  oblige  his  wife. 

Mrs.  C.  L.  Williams, 
Oroville,  Cal. 


Card  No.  112,  Cert.  2875,  Grand  Div., 
for  term  ending  June  30,  1914. 

Card  No.  37252,  Cert.  1447,  Div.  No.  23, 
for  term  ending  December  31,  1913. 

Card  No.  1081,  Cert.  64,  Div.  No.  71, 
for  term  ending  December  31,  1913. 

Card  No.  8281,  Cert.  3063,  Div.  No.  23, 
for  term  ending  December  31,  1913. 

Card  No.  23474,  Cert.  2407,  Div.  No.  2, 
for  term  ending  December  31,  1913. 

Card  No.  20302,  Cert.  3991,  Grand  Div., 
for  term  ending  December  31,  1913. 

Card  No.  185,  Cert.  3863,  Grand  Div., 
for  term  ending  December  31,  1913. 

Card  No.  40036,  Cert.  2745,  Div.  No.  130, 
for  term  ending  December  31,  1913. 

Card  No.  4893,  Cert.  26,  Div.  No.  157, 
for  term  ending  December  31,  1913. 

Card  No.  2598,  Cert.  474,  Div.  No.  31, 
for  term  ending  December  31,  1913. 

Card  No.  38010,  Cert.  2746,  Div.  No.  93, 
for  term  ending  December  31,  1913. 

Card  No.  38973,  Cert.  3152,  Div.  No.  126, 
for  term  ending  December  31,  1913. 

Card  No.  23194,  Cert.  55,  Div.  Np.  18, 
for  term  ending  December  31,  1913. 

Card  No.  36099,  Cert.  1078,  Div.  No.  43, 
for  term  ending  December  31,  1913. 

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By   L.    W.    QuicK^    Grand    Secretary    and 

DURING  his  27  years  of  experience 
in  the  labor  movement,  the  Editor 
has  become  accustomed  to  dodg- 
ing "bricks'*  and  other  little  "incidentals" 
which  are  usually  cast  in  the  direction  of 
one  officially  or  actively  connected  with 
an  organization,  but  his  "education"  in 
the  art  of  dodging  flatirons,  rolling-pins, 
dishpans,  etc.,  has  not  been  brought  up 
to  that  standard  whereby  he  feels  entirely 
equal  to  an  emergency  of  this  character, 
should  one  present  itself,  therefore,  he 
has  not  heretofore  presumed  to  appear  in 
the  Ladies'  Auxiliary  Department  of  the 
journal  (except  through  the  medium  of  the 
much  maligned  "blue  pencil"),  but  with 
the  advent  of  the  New  Year,  accompanied 
presumably  by  many  good  resolutions,  he 
has  after  summoning  every  ounce  of  cour- 
age at  his  command,  "determined"  to  make 
a  bold  "dash"  herein  (and  an  equally 
hurried  exit)  for  the  purpose  of  calling 
the  attention  of  the  wives,  and  others  in- 
terested, to  a  matter  of  more  than  ordin- 
ary interest  to  them,  and  be  it  forever  un- 
derstood that  if  he  escapes  unscathed  this 
time,  he  will  not  (soon)  again  invade 
this  sacred  retreat,  and  most  solemnly  re- 
nounces any  intention  of  attempting  to  have 
the  "last  word,"  which  prerogative  is  so 
often  denied  those  of  his  sex. 

Having  "declared"  himself,  the  Editor 
will  first  take  advantage  of  the  opportunity 
to  extend  his  congratulations  to  the  Ladies' 
Auxiliary  and  its  members  on  its  splendid 
progress,  and  to  wish  each  member  a 
happy  and  prosperous  New  Year. 

The  particular  reason  for  this  "intru- 
sion"   follows : 

During  the  last  several  years  many  let- 
ters have  been  received  from  the  wives 
of  deceased  members,  advising  of  the 
death  of  their  husbands,  and  requesting 
that  arrangements  be  made  to  pay  the 
amount  of  the  certificate  held  in  the 
Mutual  Benefit  Department  by  him  to 
them,  but  upon  consulting  the  records  of 
that  department,  it  is  found  the  certificate 
was  taken  out  by  the  member  prior  to 
his  marriage  and  was  made  payable  to 
some  other  relative  and  the  beneficiary 
had  never  been  changed,  consequently  the 
department  was  powerless  to  pay  the 
widow  the  proceeds  of  the  certificate,  as 
it  had  of  necessity  to  be  paid  to  the 
relative    designated    as    beneficiary. 

Many  cases  have  arisen,  where  a  mem- 
ber, apparently  realizing  that  he  was  on 
his  death  bed,  has  written  the  department 
a  "hurry-up"  letter,  requesting  that  the 
beneficiary  in  his  certificate  be  changed  to 
his  wife,  but  he  failed  to  send  in  the 
certificate  which  he  held,  as  provided  by 
the  laws  of  the  department,  and  therefore, 
the  change  could  not  be  made  until  the 
member  was  communicated  with  and  the 
certificate  secured,  and  in  several  instances, 
the  member  died  in  the  meantime. 

For  many  years  the  Editor  has  repeat- 
edly called  attention  to  this  matter  in  the 
editorial  columns,  but  cases  of  a  similar 
character  continue  to  present  themselves. 
During  the  last  ten  years  the  following 
paragraph  has  appeared  in  every  circular 
gotten  up  and  sent  to  members  of  this 
Department,  the  purpose  of  which  circular 
was  to  acquaint  the  members  with  the 
workings  of  the  Mutual  Benefit  Depart- 
ment: "Under  the  laws  of  the  State  of 
Missouri,  the  member  has  the  absolute 
right  to  name  the  party  or  parties  to 
whom  certificate  shall  be  paid,  which,  of 

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course,  must  be  within  the  provision  of 
the  laws  of  the  Department.  It  is  hoped, 
in  order  to  avoid  legal  complications  and 
other  inconveniences,  that  all  members  of 
this  Department  will  see  to  it  that  their 
certificate  is  payable  to  the  person  or  per- 
sons whom  they  desire  to  receive  the  bene- 
fit therefrom  in  case  of  their  death.  Should 
the  certificate  you  now  hold  be  made  pay- 
able to  parents  or  other  relatives,  and  you 
have  since  the  issuance  of  the  certificate 
been  married,  the  certificate  would,  under 
the  laws,  be  paid  to  your  parents  or  rela- 
tives named  as  beneficiary,  in  case  of  your 
death,  and  your  wife  could  be  paid  nothing 
by  us,  unless  your  certificate  is  returned 
to  this  office  and  the  beneficiary  changed 
prior  to  your  death,  in  accordance  with 
Article    XX." 

Article  20  of  the  laws  governing  the 
Mutual  Benefit  Department,  provides  that 
any  member,  desiring  to  make  a  change  in 
the  beneficiary  named  in  his  certificate, 
may  do  so  by  making  a  written  request  to 
that  effect,  and  accompanying  the  request 
by  the  certificate  he  now  holds.  The 
Editor  is  calling  attention  to  this  matter 
through  this  department  in  an  eflfort  to 
avoid  in  future  the  very  embarrassing 
situations  which  have  occurred  in  the  past. 

A  word  to  the  wise  should  be  sufficient. 


By  Mrs.  E.  L.   Math  is.  President. 

THE  happy  Yule  tide  has  come  and 
gone,  bringing  with  it  much  joy 
and  happiness  to  humanity.  Aside 
from  its  sacred  origin  and  significance 
Christmas  is  worth  a  great  deal  for  the 
pleasure  it  brings.  Since  that  memorable 
night  nearly  two  thousand  years  ago  when 
the  angels  came  out  of  heaven,  announcing^ 
"tidings  of  great  joy"  and  sang  in  the 
hearing  of  the  Judean  shepherds,  "Peace 
on  earth,  good  will  to  men,"  the  event 
has  meant  only  good  to  the  world.  I  hope 
all  the  members  and  friends  of  our  splen- 
did Order,  caught  afresh  the  teachings  of 
Christmas,  the  real  spirit  of  Him  who 
was  its  origin,  the  Fatherhood  of  God  and 
the  Brotherhood  of  Man.  Let  us  this 
gladsome  new  year  resolve  to  do  more 
than  we  have  heretofore,  to  teach  and  to 

live  the  principles  of  unionism,  which 
means  in  its  highest  sense  the  brotherhood 
of  humanity.  Shall  not  every  member  of 
our  Auxiliary  stand  as  an  example  of  the 
altruistic  teachings  of  our  organization  for 
1914.  I  feel  that  you  will,  and  hereby 
pledge  our  Order  to  a  year  of  activity  for 
growth  and  usefulness.  The  year  1913 
was  a  very  successful  one  and  the  reports 
which  come  are  most  encouraging.  We 
are  hoping  for  and  shall  expect  to  do 
greater  things  this  year.  Take  this  as  a 
clarion  call  to  rededicate  ourselves  to  the 
success  of  our  loved  Auxiliary,  the  great 
cause  of  organization  and  unionism  for 
the   coming   twelve   months. 

Notes  from  the  Grand  Secretary  and 

Beginning  January  1,  1914,  the  Ladies* 
Auxiliary  will  offer  a  set  of  prizes  to  the 
members  who  by  their  energy  and  interest 
secure  new  members  for  the  term  ending 
June  30,  1914. 

This  list  of  prizes  has  been  decided  upon 
by  the  members  of  the  Executive  Board, 
and  ratified  by  the  Grand  President. 

Members 'securing  five  new  members  will 
be  given  one  of  the  official  L.  A.  emblem 

Members  securing  ten  new  members  will 
be  given  a  solid-silver  teaspoon. 

Members  securing  fifty  new  members  will 
be  given  six  of  the  solid-silver  teaspoons. 

Members  securing  sixty  new  members 
will  be  given  a  gold-filled  watch  with  your 
monogram  engraved  upon  the  back. 

This  watch  is  made  by  one  the  the  best 
and  most  reliable  jewelry^  houses  in  the 
South.  They  give  one  of  the  best  move- 
ments and  guarantee  this  watch  to  last  as 
long  as  any  14-karat  gold  watch. 

The  silver  spoons  are  made  by  the  same 
firm  and  are  the  heaviest  of  their  kind, 
with  a  raised-rose  design  upon  the  handle, 
and  are  called  the  rose  design.  They  can  be 
dupHcated  at  any  time,  as  they  are  their 
own  design  and  make. 

The  contest  is  open  to  all,  and  as  the  con- 
ditions surrounding  our  work  are  different 
from  the  O.  R.  T.,  we  wish  to  allow 
the  O.  R.  T.  brothers  to  help  their  wives 
to  secure  these  prizes. 

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Many  have  written  that  they  wish  to 
enter  thi?  contest,  and  wished  to  know  if 
their  husbands  could  help  them  to  secure 

Send  applications  to  me  direct  with  a 
statement  that  you  have  secured  these  mem- 
bers and  you  will  be  given  credit  for  the 
same.  I  will  then  return  the  application  to 
the  local  if  the  new  members  belong  to  a 
local  division. 

Give  your  name  in  full,  certificate  num- 
ber and  whether  located  in  the  Grand  or 
local  territory. 

Mutual  Benefit  Department. 

Many  requests  for  information  and  M. 
B.  D.  blanks  have  been  received,  and  our 
membership  is  growing,  with  the  prospect 
of  new  ones  from  all  over  the  country. 

The  rates  are  as  follows : 

Series  A,  limited  to  $150.00  (18  to  50 
years),  80  cents  each  six  months,  $1.60  per 

Series  B,  limited  to  $300.00  (18  to  40 
years),  $1.60  each  six  months,  $3.20  per 

Initiation  fee  in  Series  A  and  B  is  fifty 
cents  (50c)    until  further  notice. 

Initiation  fee  into  the  Ladies*  Auxiliary 
is  fifty  cents  (50c),  and  dues  ten  cents 
(10c)  per  month,  payable  in  advance,  same 
as  the  O.  R-  T. 

Applications  for  membership  both  in  the 
Auxiliary  and  Mutual  Benefit  Department 
can  be  obtained  from  any  Grand  officer, 
local  officers,  whose  addresses  can  be  found 
in  the  L.  A.  Directory  in  the  back  of  The 
Telegrapher,  or  from  the  Grand  Secretary 
and  Treasurer,  Mrs.  Florence  P.  Pierce,  at 
her  address,  2021  Longwood  street  (Wal- 
brook),  Baltimore,  Md. 

Local  Prize  Contest. 

The  Grand  Secretary  and  Treasurer  will 
offer  a  prize  to  the  local  securing  the  larg- 
est number  of  new  members  for  the  next 
term.  This  can  be  offered  next  term  to 
the  member  securing  the  largest  number  of 
prizes  by  any  local,  and  in  this  way  the 
local  need  not  spend  any  extra  money  for 
a  prize  which  will  cost  much. 

Many  of  the  locals  are  offering  one  of 
the  new  L.  A.  emblem  pins  as  a  prize  to 
the  member  getting  the  largest  number  of 

new  members.  This  departure  of  the  L.  \. 
is  along  the  line  of  our  progress,  as  we 
not  only  wish  to  follow  the  policy  of  the 
O.  R.  T.  wherever  we  can,  but  we  agree 
with  them  that  any  effort,  and  energy,  and 
interest  taken  by  the  members  should  re- 
ceive recognition  and  appreciation.  Many 
of  our  members  would  have  earned  a  prize 
long  ago  had  they  been  offered,  and  now 
they  can  be  rewarded  for  their  efforts. 

The  silk-necktie  quilt,  which  is  being 
made  in  Local  No.  10  by  its  members,  will 
be  given  as  a  prize,  and  we  believe  this  will 
be  more  of  an  incentive  to  both  our  O.  R. 
T.  brothers  and  their  wives  than  buying  a 
ticket.  Again,  we  are  not  quite  sure  of  the 
laws  governing  this  in  the  different  States, 
and  we  think  this  the  better  plan,  and  all 
can  take  a  hand  in  the  contest. 

Our  "correspondence  fair"  can  be  con- 
ducted, and  the  details  will  be  given  when 
we  are  ready  to  open  it  for  business.  ' 

It  gives  me  much  pleasure  to  announce 
that  we  will  have  a  new  local  recorded  in 
our  directory  by  the  next  issue.  This  local 
is  to  be  located  upon  Diyision  146,  Atlanta, 
Birmingham  and  Atlanta  System,  and  the 
charter  fee  will  be  donated  by  this  division. 
Bro.  O.  D.  Gorman,  general  chairman,  and 
Bro.  C.  A.  Pye,  general  secretary  and 
treasurer,  have  given  their  support  and 
helped  these  sisters  to  get  their  local 
started,  and  if  all  the  divisions  h^d  both 
of  their  head  officers  as  much  in  sympathy 
with  the  Auxiliary  as  those  on  this  divi- 
sion, we  would  soon  have  a  local  on  all 
the  O.  R.  T.  divisions.  They  believe  in  us 
and  that  we  can  be  a  help  and  assistance 
to  the  O.  R.  T. 

Many  members  have  sent  in  dues  promptly 
as  I  requested,  and  I  hope  that  I  may  re- 
ceive as  many  as  possible  this  month,  so 
that  time  may  be  given  to  the  many  other 
things  we  wish  to  do.  As  I  suggested  be- 
fore, let  every  member  put  away  her  ten 
cents  every  month  and  she  will  then  be  in 
position  to  have  it  ready  when  it  is  again 
due.  The  dues  are  so  small  that  it  should 
be  no  trouble  to  pay  them. 

Sister  W.  E.  Blume,  of  Local  No.  18, 
Cameron,  Cal.,  writes  that  they  held  a  meet- 
ing at  Bealville,  Cal.,  and  had  a  fine  time, 
and  they  expect  many  new  members  from 

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that  division  of  the  Southern  Pacific — Divi- 
sion 53. 

More  letters  were  received  during  the 
month  of  December  endorsing  the  L.  A. 
than  any  month  since  I  have  been  Grand 
Secretary  and  Treasurer.  The  O.  R.  T. 
brothers  are  finding  that  we  can  be  as  much 
use  to  them  in  this  part  of  their  lives  as 
in  many  others  in  which  they  need  us. 

I  wish  to  take  this  occasion  to  thank  the 
many  members  who  remembered  me  by 
sending  such  beautiful  Christmas  and  New 
Year's  cards,  expressing  their  personal  feel- 
ings and  wishing  all  success  to  the  Auxil- 

The  Ladies'  Auxiliary  wish  to  thank  the 
O.  R.  T.  brothers  for  their  help  and  assist- 
ance during  the  year  1913,  and  to  wish  that 
this  mutual  help  shall  be  continued  much 
greater  the  coming  new  year,  and  to  extend 
our  best  wishes  for  a  most  prosperous  year 
during  1914,  Yours   fraternally, 

Mrs.  Florence  P.  Pierce, 
Grand  Secretary  and  Treasurer, 
2021  Longwood  St.  (Walbrook), 
Baltimore,  Md. 


THE  greatest  handicap  of  the  L.  A., 
as  I  sec  it,  is  the  indifference  of 
those  who  should  be  most  vitally 
interested  in  the  upbuilding  of  the  organ- 
ization. Of  course,  I  have  found  a  few, 
both  men  and  women,  who  were  opposed 
to  the  movement  for  some  reason  or 
other,  but  that  kind  do  not  hurt  a  cause 
nearly  so  much  as  those  who  don't  care, 
one  way  or  another.  Usually  those  defi- 
nitely opposed  to  anything  have  some  reason 
they  can  give  for  their  opposition,  and  are 
amenable  to  argument,  and  when  once  con- 
vinced of  the  error  of  their  views,  make 
valuable  allies.  Some,  of  course,  are  never 
convinced,  but  those,  like  the  poor,  we 
expect  to  have  with  us  always. 

The  most  common  cause  for  this  indif- 
ference, I  believe,  is  a  lack  of  understand- 
ing of  what  we  stand  for.  I  do  not  think 
there  are  many  women  of  O.  R.  T.  fam- 
ilies who  would  fail  to  respond  if  they 
knew   what   they  were  missing  and  what 

they  were  making  others  miss,  by  with- 
holding  their    support. 

I  would  like  to  hold  what  we  Method- 
ists might  call  an  "experience  meeting," 
through  these  columns,  and  hear  some  of 
you  other  sisters  say  what  the  L.  A.  means 
to  you.  We  want  to  make  those  outside 
see  that  the  L.  A.  is  eminently  worth 

Probably  there  are  a  number  of  you 
who  don't  know  that  I  am  a  member  of 
the  O.  R-  T.  and  am  actively  (very 
actively,  I  might  say)  engaged  in  tele- 
graphing. As  such  and  knowing  what  tlie 
O.  R.  T.  stands  for,  I  feel  that  the  L.  A. 
offers  an  opportunity  to  the  women  of 
identifying  themselves  with  this  great  or- 
ganization, and  that  their  support  is  a 
duty  that  they  owe  to  their  families,  to 
the  O.  R.  T.,  which  has  done  so  much 
for  them,  and  to  the  cause  of  Organized 

If   any   of   you   are   too   timid   to    write 
your  views  for  this  department,  I  will  be 
glad  to  have  you  write  me  personally. 
DiTA  May  West, 
Qiairman  Board  of  Directors. 

Long  Island  Ry.,  Local  No.  16. 

Our  last  regular  meeting  was  one  of 
the  most  important  meetings  in  the  history 
of  the  organization  as  well  as  the  best 
in  point  of  attendance.  With  one  excep- 
tion, all  of  the  officers  were  present,  and 
much  business  was  transacted.  For  the 
benefit  of  the  members  who  could  not  be 
present  a  brief  extract  from  the  minutes 
is  given   herewith. 

One  new  member  initiated.  Two  mem- 
bers  obligated. 


Roll  call   of  officers. 

Minutes  of  last   meeting  approved. 

Voted  that  we  have  an  annual  theatre 
party.  Sisters  -Shields,  Hollar  and  Decker 
appointed    Committee    of    Arrangements. 

Voted  that  a  Quilt  Committee  be  ap- 
pointed. Sisters  Hellar,  Gray  and  Martin 

Sister  Filby,  of  the  Sick  Committee,  re- 
ported having  visited  Sisters  Adams  and 
Mackin  during  the  month. 

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A  rising  vote  of  thanks  was  given 
Sister  Hellar  for  having  visited  every 
member  of  the  division  except  two  dur- 
ing the  month. 

Voted  report  of  Euchre  Committee  be 
received,  accepted  and  the  committee  dis- 
charged with  thanks. 

Voted  that  the  secretary  and  treasurer 
he  instructed  to  write  a  letter  of  thanks 
to  Mr.  E.  A.  Allison,  Jamaica,  N.  Y.,  for 
favors  received  in  connection  with  Euchre. 
Voted  that  all  bills  be  paid  and  com- 
munications be  placed  on  file. 

Voted  that  we  extend  sympathy  and  con- 
dolence to  Brother  Place  of  Division  No. 
44,  in  the  loss  of  his  beloved  son. 

Appointed  by  the  Chair — Reception 
Committee  for  the  evening:  Sisters  Webb, 
Gafney,  Burke,  Martin,  Hellar  and 

Question  of  charity  fund  introduced  by 
the  Chair.  Voted  that  a  charity  fund  be 

Voted  that  receipts  of  euchre  party 
and  receipts  from  lunch  sales  of  the  even- 
ing be  transferred  to  charity  fund. 

Voted  contribution  of  $5.00  each  be  sent 
to  two  brothers  whose  appeal  for  assist- 
ance was  published  in  recent  issue  of  The 
Railroad  Telegrapher. 

After  adjournment  a  sociable  was  held, 
members  of  Division  44  attending.  Re- 
freshments served.  All  present  enjoyed 
the  evening.  We  were  favored  by  the 
presence  of  Second  Vice-President  Bro. 
T.  M.  Pierson,  of  the  Order  of  Railroad 
Telegraphers,  who,  with  a  few  well-chosen 
and  timely  remarks,  complimented  us  upon 
the  progress  we  were  making. 

Your  secretary  and  treasurer  has  received 
acknowledgments  (from  sisters  who  re- 
ceived aid  from  the  Division),  which  will 
be  read  at  the  January  meeting.  These 
letters  of  appreciation  should  encourage 
us  in  our  work  and  make  us  feel  that  our 
time  has  not  been  misspent  and  that  during 
the  holiday  season  we  were  able  to  bring 
even  in  a  small  way  some  happiness  into 
the  homes  of  those  dear  ones  who  were  in 
great  distress. 

I  also  wish  to  acknowledge  receipt  of 
tokens  of  remembrance  received  from  mem- 
bers and  friends  during  the  holiday  season. 

and  on  behalf  of  the  officers  of  the  division 
and  myself  thank  those  who  have  devoted 
their  time  and  talents  towards  making  the 
year  1913  such  a  splendid  success  from 
every  point  of  view,  and  I  take  this  oppor- 
tunity to  extend  fraternal  greetings  and 
wish  all  officers  and  members  of  the  O.  R. 
T.  and  the  Ladies'  Auxiliary  a  happy  and 
prosperous.  New  Year. 

Mrs.  J.  E.  Shields, 

Secretary  and  Treasurer. 

C.  R.  I.  A  P.  Ry.,  Local  No.  22. 

Sister  Deves  spent  Christmas  with  her 
parents  in  Gdodland,  she  also  visited  in 

Sister  Moore,  of  Ruleton,  moved  to 
Brewster,  her  husband  having  bid  in  that 

Mrs.  Manion,  of  Goodland,  spent  a  few 
days  visiting  in  Montrose  and  Norton, 

Mrs.  Martin,  of  Gem,  is  visiting  her 
folks  in  Monte  Vista,  Colo. 

Sister  Tracy  and  daughter  Fern  visited 
in  Missouri  during  the  holidays. 

Northern  Pacific  Ry.,  Local  No.  24. 

With  the  dawning  of  a  new  year  and 
the  holiday  festivities  over,  the  time  seems 
most  propitious  for  increasing  the  mem- 
bership of  our  local.  Although  it  is  not 
quite  a  year  since  we  received  our  charter, 
we  have  had  sufficient  time  to  greatly  en- 
large our  membership,  yet  we  have  done 
little  better  than  to  hold  our  own.  This 
condition  may  be  ascribed  to  different  rea- 
sons, among  which  are  the  unfortunate 
illness  of  our  dear  Sister  Sherwood,  our 
first  general  secretary  and  treasurer,  and 
the  absence  of  Sister  Graham  and  myself 
from  the  system  practically  all  of  the 
summer.  The  above  causes  precluded  the 
possibility  of  a  concerted  campaign  for 
new  members,  but  I  am  pleased  to  say  that 
our  local  chairmen  have  in  most  cases 
shown  a  disposition  to  do  good  individual 
work,  Sister  Wilcoxon,  of  the  Idaho  Divi- 
sion, having  written  more  than  fifty  per- 
sonal letters  soliciting  members. 

Most  of  our  members  have  paid  dues 
for  the  current  term,  but  I  regret  to  note 

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that  a  few  arc  still  delinquent  and  trust 
that  they  will  make  the  necessary  remit- 
tance at  once,  to  Sister  Maude  M.  Graham, 
General  Secretary  and  Treasurer,  Wood- 
land, Wash.,  to  bring  them  up  to  date. 

In  order  to  stimulate  interest  in  our 
campaign  for  new  members,  it  has  been 
decided  that  Local  No.  24  will  give  a  prize 
of  a  beautiful  gold  enameled  L.  A.  pin  to 
the  sister  who  secures  the  most  new  mem- 
bers for  this  local  during  the  year  of 
1914.  While  the  intrinsic  value  of  this 
prize  will  not  be  great,  the  knowledge  that 
the  winner  has  done  the  most  effective 
work  for  the  local  during  the  year  should 
be  a  great  incentive  to  all  of  our  sisters 
to   attempt  to   win   it. 

The  general  chairman  and  general  sec- 
retary and  treasurer  will  not  compete  in 
this  contest.  Be  sure  and  notify  Sister 
Graham  of  each  new  member  you  secure, 
so  that  the  name  may  be  placed  to  your 
credit.  Let  us  all  endeavor  to  make 
Local  24  the  best  in  the  Auxiliary,  during 
the  next  year. 

We  are  pleased  to  state  that  Sister  Sher- 
wood, who  was  compelled  to  resign  the 
office   of   general    secretary    and    treasurer 

on  account  of  illness,   is  greatly  improved 
in   health. 

Sister  Wilcoxon,  local  chairman  of  the 
Idaho  Division,  has  returned  from  a  pleas- 
ant sixty-day  visit  with  relatives  in  Searcy, 
Ark.,  and  other  southern   points. 

A  baby  girl  arrived  on  December  9th, 
to  gladden  the  home  of  Brother  and  Sister 
Sam  Johnson  of  North  Branch,  Minn. 

Our  membership  has  been  increased 
through  the  addition  of  Sister  Mamie  B. 
Foulkes  of  St.  Paul,  Minn.,  transferred 
from  Local  15.  W-e  extend  to  Sister 
Foulkes   a  hearty  welcome   to   our  ranks. 

Sister  Maude  Graham  is  doing  very 
effective  work  as  general  secretary  and 
treasurer  and  handling  the  business  of  the 
office  in  a  thorough  and  efficient  manner. 
All  sisters  should  give  her  their  assistance 
in  the  work  of  increasing  the  membership. 

We  have  the  promise  of  several  new 
members  in  Spokane,  in  the  near  future. 
Brothers  Lee  and  Dobson  of  Spokane  re- 
lay office  having  promised  their  assistance 
in  bringing  this  about. 

Mrs.  B.  E.  Nason, 
General  Chairman. 

E.  A.  Bourne.    R.  R.  Hargitt.     B.  R.  Silver.    J.  F.  Mercibr. 
O.  R.  T.  GROUP— C.  B.  &  Q.  RY.— SUTTON,  NEB. 

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MANNING  had  for  seven  years 
handled  the  throttle  of  the  big 
machine  that  "nosed"  the  long 
freight  trains  up  the  two-mile  hill  into 
Divide  City,  where  the  grade  was  level. 
The  crest  reached,  the  pusher  engine  would 
swing  loose  and  drift  back  into  the  valley, 
there  to  wait  in  the  desolation  for  the  next 
heavy  train  needing  a  lift. 

Bob  Manning  had  been  a  youngster  of 
twenty  when  they  changed  him  from  the 
left  t6  the  right  hand  side  of  the  pusher. 
He  supposed  that  in  the  fullness  of  time 
they'd  give  him  a  run  on  the  road  and  let 
him  be  a  real  engineer.  But  once  having 
fixed  him  on  the  hill  job,  they  seemed  to 
have  forgotten  all  about  it.  It  was  the 
penalty  of  modesty.  Had  he  gone  into 
headquarters  and  demanded  promotion,  in 
all  likelihood  they  would  have  remembered 
him  and  given  kfm  something  better.  But 
Bob  was  a  shy  sort  of  chap,  and  he  was 
afraid  if  he  suggested  the  change  he  might 
be  told  they  had  a  superintendent  to  look 
after  the  road. 

Much  as  Bob  disliked  his  job  as  an  "also 
ran"  in  the  railroad  game,  the  greatest  hap- 
piness of  his  life  came  out  of  it,  for  one 
morning  he  had  gone  up  the  valley  a  short 
way  to  beg  a  bucket  of  drinking  water  from 
a  cottager,  and  there  met  Daisy  Dartwell, 
a  blue-eyed,  flaxen-haired  young  woman, 
who  greeted  him  kindly,  and  pumped  the 
water  with  her  round  white  arm  while  he 
held  the  bucket.  Daisy  being  a  permanent 
resident  of  the  wide  and  lonesome  valley, 
and  Bob  an  enforced  sojourner  there  under 
the  schedules  of  the  road  for  about  half 
his  time,  it  was  but  in  accord  with  nature 
that  their  great  common  woe  should  draw 
them  together.    Gingham-clad  Daisy  would 

often  go  over  to  the  engine  in  the  forenoon, 
and  sit  with  the  lonely  engineer  and  his  fire- 
man, and  talk  about  the  weather  and  the 
chances  for  a  flood  coming  down  and  ruin- 
ing the  crops,  and  how  many  little  chickens 
she  had,  and  other  matters  of  thrilling  in- 
terest in  the  valley.  She  was  much  better 
company  than  the  owls  and  the  frogs,  and 
the  boys  missed  her  badly  when  inclement 
weather  prevented  her  coming.  They  fixed 
up  a  little  bench  for  her  near  the  track,  and 
some  days  she  would  come  and  sit  with 
them  until  a  big  train  came  along  and  took 
them  away.  In  a  very  short  time  Bob  and 
the  cottager's  daughter  had  matters  ar- 
ranged for  the  time  when  the  pusher  en- 
gineer should  get  a  run  and  be  somebody. 
As  for  Daisy,  she  thought  the  job  he  had 
was  a  wonderful  thing,  and  he  was  as  much 
a  hero  in  her  eyes  as  if  his  daily  duty  had 
been  to  make  a  big  superheater  S-2  thunder 
along  at  sixty  miles  an  hour  with  ten 
coaches  in  its  wake.  She  knew  Bob  could 
run  that  sort  of  an  engine  if  he  had  to,  and 
with  that  knowledge  was  perfectly  satisfied. 
As  far  as  Daisy  was  concerned,  she  didn't 
see  any  use  in  waiting. 

Bob  told  her  to  be  patient;  something 
would  turn  up  by  and  by  and  then — 

"But  I've  lived  here  nineteen  years,"  she 
pouted,  "and  nothing  ever  has  happened." 

"Wouldn't  you  rather  have  me  an  en- 
gineer on  one  of  those  big  trains  that  go 
by?"  Bob  asked. 

"Your  engine  is  just  as  big  as  theirs,'* 
Daisy  informed  him;  "and  besides,  I  could 
see  more  of  you  than  if  you  were  out  on 
the  road  so  much.  And  here  I — I  wouldn't 
have  any  reason  to  get  jealous." 

Bob  laughed,  and  kissed  her.  On  all  such 
settlements  of  differences,  Tom  Jones,  the 
brawny  fireman,  was  discreet  enough  to 
look  up  or  down  the  track. 

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One  snowy  night,  just  after  the  pusher 
had  helped  the  second  section  of  73,  west- 
bound freight,  over  the  hill,  the  operator  at 
Divide  City  notified  "Bob  that  the  Limited, 
which  ^as  an  hour  late  because  of  the 
storm,  would  cross  the  valley  in  about  ten 
minutes,  and  would  need  help  up  the  grade. 
Paralleling  the  main  track  at  the  foot  of 
the  hill,  and  running  half  way  across  the 
valley,  was  a  side  track  on  which  the  pusher 
waited  the  arrival  of  trains  needing  its 
assistance.  In  the  center  of  the  valley  was 
the  Minerva  River,  a  small  stream  in  dry 
times,  but  as  wide  as  the  valley  itself  when 
the  floods  came  down.  On  either  side  of 
the  stream  were  long  trestles. 

The  pusher  engine  hacked  down  under 
steam,  and  when  it  was  stopped  for  Tom  to 
throw  the  switch  to  get  in  on  the  side  track. 
Bob  looked  across  the  valley,  and  saw  the 
star-like  glow  of  the  Limited's  electric 
headlight  through  the  sheen  of  snow.  As 
Tom  gave  the  signal  to  back,  the  engineer 
applied  the  steam;  the  big  machine  seemed 
to  jump  back,  and  the  next  second  the  for- 
ward end  of  the  tank  lurched  queerly.  In  an 
instant  the  engineer  realized  the  truck  had 
gone  off  the  track  at  the  switch,  probably 
caused  by  the  packed  snow  and  ice.  To 
move  the  engine  either  way  would  not  clear 
the  main  track,  and  as  Bob  looked  toward 
the  east,  he  saw  the  "star"  was  larger  and 
brighter.  There  was  a  red  light  on  the 
rear  of  the  tank,  but  the  engineer  of  the 
Limited  would  take  it  as  a  matter  of  course 
that  it  was  on  the  sidetrack  until  too  late 
to  avert  disaster.  Bob  sprang  up  on  the 
coal  and  over  the  ice-coated  tank,  then 
reached  to  grasp  the  red  lantern,  intending 
to  swing  it  across  the  track,  but  in  his  fever- 
ish haste  his  fingers  pushed  against  the  han- 
dle; the  lamp  slid  off  the  rod,  and  fell  to 
the  track  with  a  crash,  instantly  going  out. 
The  horror  of  the  situation  came  to  the 
pusher  engineer  with  staggering  force. 

Bob  jumped  off  the  tank  and  ran  down 
the  track  towards  the  approaching  train, 
without  the  ghost  of  an  idea  as  to  what  he 
intended  to  do.  Brighter  and  brighter 
glowed  the  "star"  in  the  east,  as  the  Limited 
swept  along  like  a  blaze  of  fire  from  a  can- 
non. Good  old  Davy  Allison  was  "burning 
up  the  track"  across  the  level  to  make  the 

long  hill.  It  was  the  place  where  the  en- 
gineers crowded  on  a  full  head  of  steam. 
Suddenly  Bob  stumbled,  and  realized  he 
was"  on  the  long  trestle,  and  the  ties  were 
slippery  with  snow.  Still  he  kept  on  and 
on,  making  for  the  approaching  train,  run- 
ning his  best  right  between  the  rails.  The 
snow  was  driven  against  his  face  like  fine 
shot.  His  hands  were  bare,  and  almost 
stiff.  He  never  took  time  to  think  in  what 
distance  Davy  might  stop  his  train,  or  the 
allowance  to  be  made  for  sliding  wheels  on 
a  snow-covered  track. 

The  electric  light  now  flashed  down  the 
track  broad  and  clear,  and  the  heavy  train 
roared  on  to  the  eastern  end  of  the  trestle. 

Bob  stopped,  and  realized  the  engine  was 
almost  upon  him.  He  suddenly  jerked  off 
his  coat  and  waved  it  wildly  backwards  and 
forwards.  Then  his  feet  slipped  from 
under  him,  and  he  felt  himself  going  down, 
down,  down  for  miles  and  miles  it  seemed, 
but  before  he  lost  consciousness,  he  heard 
the  fierce  hiss  of  the  air,  and  knew  that 
Davy  had  seen  and  was  putting  on  the 
emergency.  The  train  thundered  overhead 
and  locked  wheels,  making  a  noise  like  the 
devil's  charivari,  there  was  a  violent  quiv- 
ering of  the  trestle,  and  then  came  darkness. 

"No,  Bobbie  dear,  you're  not  dead,"  mur- 
mured a  gentle  voice  at  the  bedside  of  the 
invalid;  "I've  been  trying  to  tell  you  that 
for  two  days,  but  you  won't  believe  me." 

"Aren't  you  an  angel?"  he  asked,  as  he 
tried  to  raise  himself  on  his  arm,  but  found 
himself  too  weak,  and  fell  back  on  his  pil- 

The  girl  smiled  and  ran  her  fingers 
through  his  hair. 

"Not  yet,"  she  replied,  as  she  sat  on  the 
bed  beside  him,  "but  you've  been  talking 
about  angels  and  cfead  people  so  long 
you've  made  me  shiver.  There's  nobody 

"Then  the  trains  didn't  hit?" 

"Not  by  several  hundred  feet,  thanks  to 
you.  Davy  Allison  saw  you  slip  through 
the  trestle,  and  as  soon  as  he  stopped,  he 
and  his  fireman  ran  down  and  picked  you 
out  of  the  water.  You  just  fell  in  the  edge 
of  the  stream,  but  you  were  wet,  Bob— ter- 
ribly wet!" 

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"Where  am  I,  Daisy,  and  whose  picture 
is  that  over  there?" 

"That,"  replied  Daisy,  as  she  got  up  and 
brought  the  picture  to  him,  "is  the  photo- 
graph of  the  man  who's  just  been  appointed 
engineer  on  a  passenger  run  on  the  eastern 
division,  and  his  name  is  Bobbie  Manning. 
The  room  you're  in  is  mine.  When  they 
fished  you  out  of  the  river  they  brought  you 
here.  Now,  have  you  anything  to  fus6 

She  bent  over  and  touched  her  lips  to 

"Not  a  thing  on  earth,"  he  smiled  up  at 
her.  Then  he  added,  with  mock  regret: 
"But  Fm  afraid  on  my  new  job  I'll  miss  the 
music  of  the  owls  and  the  frogs  and — " 

"And  me!  No,  sir!  You're  going  to 
take  me  with  you." — By  Edgar  White,  in 
Baltimore  &  Ohio  Employes'  Magazine. 


"Qi TOPPED  again!" 

^\        "What's  the  matter  now,  conduc- 

^^   tor?" 

"This  road  is  the  limit !" 

It  was  No.  18,  the  Limited  Express,  and 
its  200  souls  aboard  were  hungry,  tired — 
all  out  of  sorts,  as  we  say  sometimes,  when 
we  are  disappointed. 

The  train  had  started  late  and  became 
later  and  later,  stopping  at  frequent  inter- 
vals until  some  freight  could  be  induced  to 
turn  out  and  allow  it  to  pass. 

It  was  scheduled  on  time  tables  and 
folders  as  one  of  the  fastest,  but  of  late  the 
fast  time  advertised  was  confined  to  the 
folders  of  that  road  rather  than  to  the  time 
made  by  its  trains. 

There  was  little  wonder  that  its  passen- 
gers howled  in  derision  when  some  face- 
tious man  reminded  them  that  it  was  the 

The  Bondsville  &  Atlantic  Railroad  had 
recently  been  acquired  by  the  Great  Eastern 
Consolidated,  and  the  terms  of  the  ninety- 
nine-year  lease  provided  for  the  completion 
of  all  improvements  begun  and  proposed  by 
the  plans  shown  on  blue  prints,  the  main- 
tenance of  equipment  and  right-of-way  and 
the  payment  of  a  10  per  cent  dividend  to 
the  stockholders.    The  failure  at  any  time 

to  meet  any  of  the  above  requirements  can- 
celled the  tenure  of  the  lease,  and  all  im- 
provements, together  with  the  road,  re- 
verted to  the  original  owners. 

l\  was  considered  a  good  investment  fo:* 
the  Great  Eastern  Consolidated,  as  it  af 
forded  an  outlet  at  a  seaboard  town — ^tc 
say  nothing  of  good  paying  tributary 
branches  and  staid  old  manufacturing  town* 
whose  revenues  amounted  to  enormous 
sums  annually. 

But  there  was  one  man  who  was  worry- 
ing over  conditions  of  this  road.  Numer- 
ous reports  and  complaints  through  patrons 
and  the  press  as  to  "slow  time"  and  "poor 
service"  were  becoming  of  daily  occurrence. 
That  man  was  John  W.  Sylvester,  its 

He  sat  in  his  office  in  New  York.  In 
front  of  him  were  the  figures  of  the  Bonds- 
ville &  Atlantic  for  the  past  year.  There 
was  a  troubled  look  on  his  face  as  he  gazed 
meditatively  into  space  for  a  moment. 

"That  property  is  gilt-edged,  and  I  know 
it!"  he  exclaimed  aloud.  "If  Mr.  Judson 
can't  find  the  leak,  I  can,"  he  exclaimed, 
decisively  pushing  a  button. 

The  door  opened  and  his  private  secre- 
tary entered. 

"Joe,"  he  said  calmly,  "wire  John  Dale, 
at  Carrollton,  to  come  to  New  York  at 
once.  Arrange  to  provide  transportation  in 
care  of  our  agent  at  Grand  Junction — tell 
Dale  to  call  there." 

In  the  office  at  Bondsville,  another  chap- 
ter in  our  story  was  being  enacted  at  the 
same  time. 

Mr.  Howard  Judson,  general  manager  of 
the  Bondsville  &  Atlantic,  had  just  com- 
pleted the  reading  of  the  president's  letter, 
in  which  he  expressed  his  desire  that  a 
closer  supervision  over  operation  be  exer- 

A  cynical  smile  marked  the  effect  of  the 
letter  upon  him. 

"One  more  year,"  he  said  musingly,  "and 
I  will  put  the  Bondsville  &  Atlantic  back  in 
the  stockholders'  hands — if  I  can  keep  Mr. 
Sylvester's  eye  closed- -and  I  think  I  can 
That  in  itself  means  to  me  the  title  of 
president  with  a  cool  fifty  thousand  a  year." 
He  sat  at  some  length  in  deep  study.  An 
ominous  frown  was  on  his  face. 

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At  length  he  spoke. 

"French  is  a  mighty  clever  general  super- 
intendent, but  I'm  afraid  of  him.  Turner 
is  a  clever  fellow  and  would  fill  French's 
place  in  case  French— resigned !  ha,  ha,  ha. 
that's  the  idea  exactly." 

He  seemed  pleased  with  the  plan  he  had 
evolved  and  pushed  a  button. 

When  his  secretary  had  appeared  he  said : 

"Frank,  call  a  meeting  of  the  officers  of 
this  road.  Say  to  them  that  I  desire  their 
presence  next  Friday  morning  at  10  o'clock 
a«:  this  office  to  discuss  plans  for  the  better- 
ment of  the  service." 

*    *    * 

The  meeting  between  John  Dale  and 
President  Sylvester  showed  them  to  be  old 

"John,"  he  said,  when  greetings  had  been 
exchanged,  "I  had  an  inspiration  that  you 
could  help  me  out  when  I  sent  for  you.  I 
know  your  tact  along  certain  lines  and  I 
know  your  past  loyalty  to  me,  and  I  be- 
lieve you  are  the  right  man  for  the  work  I 
want  done." 

There  was  a  silence  for  a  moment,  then 
Mr.  Sylvester  continued : 

"We  have  recently — within  a  year — leased 
the  Bondsville  &  Atlantic  Railroad.  It  is 
under  the  management  of  Mr.  Howard  Jud- 
son  as  general  manager  and  Mr.  William 
French  as  general  superintendent — their 
offices  are  located  in  Bondsville. 

"For  a  long  time  we  have  been  receiving 
press  and  other  complaints  that  the  service 
is  not  what  it  should  be  and,  in  consequence, 
the  earnings  have  fallen  off  so  perceptibly 
as  to  make  it  impossible  to  meet  the  guar- 
anteed dividends  to  the  stockholders  with- 
out borrowing  money.  It  was  my  assurance 
to  the  Great  Eastern  Consolidated  that  it 
was  gilt-edged  that  made  the  deal." 

"I  see,"  was  all  that  Dale  said  when  the 
president  paused.  • 

"Mr.  Judson's  figures  show  that  two  mil- 
lion dollars  have  been  expended  for  yards 
and  terminal  facilities  alone.  Another  mil- 
lion for  electric  block  signals  and  two  and 
one-half  millions  for  laying  heavier  steel, 
laying  fourth  track  and  extending  sidings." 

Dale  remained  silent  as  the  president 

"All  this  the  Great  Eastern  Consolidated 
loses  in  case  we  fail  to  meet  the  10  per 
cent  dividend — and  Mr.  Judson  says  that  it 
is  impossible  with  the  class  of  men  he  has 
to  operate  his  trains." 

Dale  looked  his  surprise  and  asked : 

"What  sort  of  men  has  he,  anyhow?" 

"He  calls  them  a  bum  element  that  soak 
themselves  in  liquor  and  defy  dismissal. 
He  says  they  are  incompetent — reckless  and 
insubordinate,  and  appeals  to  me  to  send 
him  men  to  take  their  places. 

"He  is  up  against  it — if  he  tells  the  truth," 
said  Dale  slowly,  "but "  Dale  paused. 

"I  think  I  know  what  you  have  in  mind," 
said  the  president.  "I  doubt  also  if  all 
those  men  are  bad." 

The  mental  strain  showed  itself  in  the 
president's  face  as  he  continued: 

"Dale,  I  want  you  to  go  to  work  for  the 
Bondsville  &  Atlantic.  I  want  you  to  see 
where  the  trouble  is — get  next  to  the  boys, 
you  know,  and  see  what  is  necessary  to  line 
them  up.  You  used  to  be  a  leader  in  Our 
early  days —  the  boys  swore  by  you— do  you 
think  you  could  command  them  now?" 

"I  will  do  the  biggest  job  of  trying,  Mr. 
Sylvester,  that  you  ever  saw,"  said  Dale 

"And  I  know  that  if  you  do  we'll  turn 
the  trick." 

Then  musing  for  a  moment  he  continued : 

"I  guess  you  would  better  make  a  few 
observations  on  your  own  account  for  a 
week  and  then  write  me  ^our  impressions. 
If  you  see  anything  you  can  accomplish  to 
improve  the  bad  conditions,  tell  me,  and  I 
will  arrange  with  Mr.  Judson  and  Mr. 
French  to  have  you  appointed  trainmaster 
or  something  of  the  sort,  which  will  give 
you  authority  to  act." 

It  was  then  settled,  and  Dale  departed 
for  Ravensdale,  the  junction  terminal  of  the 
Bondsville  &  Atlantic,  to  begin  his  duties. 
♦    *    ♦ 

Friday  brought  together  all  the  officials 
of  the  Bondsville  &  Atlantic:  The  general 
superintendent,  Mr.  French ;  Superintendent 
J.  L.  Turner;  two  trainmasters,  two  master 
mechanics  and  two  road  foremen  of  engines 
— all  ready  to  do  the  bidding  of  their  gen- 
eral manager,  with  the  exception,  perhaps, 

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of  Mr.  French,  of  whom  Mr.  Judson  enter- 
tained a  doubt. 

Mr.  Judson  smiled  blandly  as  he  entered 
the  room  and  saw  his  official  force  lined  up 
around  a  table  in  his  office. 

"Good  morning,  gentlemen,"  he  said,  with 
a  slight  accent  upon  the  latter  word. 

Then,  as  he  dropped  into  a  seat  at  the 
head  of  the  table,  began  at  once  to  speak 

"The  purpose  of  this  meeting  is  to  devise 
means  for  the  betterment  of  the  service  of 
the  Bondsville  &  Atlantic,  and  to  receive 
from  each  of  you  an  expression  of  opinion 
how  best  to  treat  conditions  not  in  harmony 
with  my  policy." 

"For  a  long  time  we  have  been  running 
behind  in  our  revenues,  which  our  presi- 
dent says  is  due  to  not  applying  properly 
the  means  by  which  a  railroad  obtains,"  he 
said  with  a  keen  look  into  Mr.  French's 

"I  regret  that  he  should  harbor  the  idea 
that  any  person  connected  with  the  manage- 
ment of  this  road  lacks  efficiency,  and  hav- 
ing such  conviction  nothing  will  satisfy  him 
except  a  sacrifice,"  said  Mr.  Judson,  with 
a  sweeping  look  into  the  faces  of  those 
about  the  table. 

He  then  reviewed  the  cost  of  operation 
and  construction  and  ended  by  saying : 

"In  order  to  insure  success  every  officer 
of  a  railroad  must  put  his  shoulder  to  the 
wheel  of  its  general  manager.  Now,  gen- 
tlemen, let  me  hear  from  you." 

Mr.  French  arose. 

"Mr.  Judson  and  gentlemen :  I  don't  be- 
lieve that  I  am  justified  in  giving  my  rea- 
sons at  this  meeting  why  the  Bondsville  & 
Atlantic  Railroad  has  been  operated  at  a 
loss  for  nearly  a  year.  I  expected  that  a 
sacrifice  would  be  demanded  long  ago,  and 
I  felt  that  I  was  to  be  the  sacrifice,"  he  said 
with  a  forced  smile. 

"As  the  affairs  of  this  road  are  in  hard 
straits  at  present,  it  is  imperative  that  some 
one  take  hold  of  the  reins  quickly,  who  is 
able  to  save  it,  and  that  I  may  not  be  in 
his  way,  Mr.  Judson,  I  will  ask  you  to 
accept  ray  resignation  at  this  meeting,  to 
take  effect  as  soon  as  you  have  appointed 
ray  successor." 

Mr.  French  took  his  seat  and  silence  pre- 
vailed for  a  full  moment. 

Then  Mr.  Judson  spoke,  sitting. 

"In  accepting  Mr.  French's  resignation  I 
believe  I  speak  the  sentiments  of  those 
present  when  I  say  we  are  losing  a  con- 
scientious and  efficient  officer.  Were  con- 
ditions different  I  would  not  accept  your 
resignation,  Mr.  French,  but  we  have  vital 
interests  at  stake  which  must  be  subserved 
even  to  the  cost  of  sacrifices.  I  might  say 
much  more  on  this  subject,  but  it  would  not 
help  the  cause  of  the  Bondsville  &  Atlantic" 

At  this  juncture  Mr.  French  arose  and 
said : 

"I  believe  I  have  nothing  to  offer  in  con- 
nection with  the  purpose  for  which  this 
meeting  was  called,  and,  if  you  have  no 
objection,  Mr.  Judson,  I  will  attend  to  a 
few  matters  in  my  office." 

"None  whatever,  Mr.  French ;  you  may 
retire  if  you  wish,"  said  Mr.  Judson  pleas- 

When  Mr.  French  had  retired  Mr.  Judson 
again  addressed  those  present. 

"Gentlemen,  the  sacrifice  just  made  was 
necessary  to  provide  for  a  more  loyal  sup- 
porter on  my  staff.  I  presume  you  all  know 
that  the  Great  Eastern  Consolidated  is  hard 
pressed  for  money  and  is  squeezing  every 
penny  possible  out  of  the  Bondsville  &  At- 
lantic. The  control  of  this  road  by  that 
company  is  limited  and  we  are  sooner  or 
later  going  to  be  subjects  of  a  reorganized 

"The  sooner  the  Great  Eastern  Consoli- 
dated forfeits  its  lease  the  greater  the  bene- 
fits for  the  Bondsville  &  Atlantic,  and  by 
our  individual  efforts  directed  to  this  end 
shall  each  of  us  be  valued  when  the  re- 
organization occurs." 

He  paused  to  note  the  effect  of  his  words 
and  was  encouraged  to  see  the  many  affirm- 
ative nods  from  those  around  the  table. 

"I  believe,"  he  continued,  searching  each 
face,  "that  all  present  are  ready  to  follow 
my  suggestions  loyally?" 

There  was  no  dissenting  voice. 

"In  that  case  let  me  reiterate  my  policy 
of  one  year  ago.  I  do  not  wish  any  of  you 
to  enter  into  any  drastic  reforms  among 
the  men.  Men  who  are  reckless  or  indiffer- 
ent are  hard  to  curb.  Men  who  drink  are 
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bound  to  get  drunk.  We  need  their  serv- 
ices and  must  condone  their  indulgencies 
for  the  present.  Our  freights  must  be  kept 
moving  regardless  of  minor  delays  to  our 
passenger  trains,  and  you  will  instruct  your 
dispatchers  to  this  end." 

Mr.  Judson's  policy  contained  many  other 
instructions,  but  the  meeting  adjourned  with 
a  full  understanding  on  each  man's  part 
what  was  his  share  to  perform  in  ditching 
the  Bondsville  &  Atlantic. 
♦    ♦    ♦ 

Dale's  first  trip  followed  the  meeting  of 
the  officers  of  the  Bondsville  &  Atlantic, 
and  he  was  also  a  passenger  on  the  Limited 
in  the  opening  of  our  story,  and  saw  the 
conditions  complained  of  by  those  on  board. 

The  point  where  the  train  stopped  was  in 
a  rocky  cut,  surmounted  on  either  side  by 
scrub  pines,  with  no  signs  of  human  habi- 

"Where  are  we?"  some  one  asked  him, 
as  Dale  rose  to  go  out  of  the  rear  door. 

"I  am  sure  I  don't  know — I'm  a  stranger 
on  this  road  myself,"  he  said. 

He  stood  looking  back  in  the  direction 
whence  they  had  come  for  several  moments. 
It  was  now  quite  dark,  but  he  could  see  the 
glimmer  of  the  red  and  white  lanterns  in 
the  hands  of  the  flagman  about  fifty  yards 
distant.  He  descended  to  the  ground,  look- 
ing toward  the  engine  from  whence  came 
the  familiar  sound  of  a  locomotive  working 
in  the  most  labored  fashion.  Then  as  he 
saw  the  red  markers  of  a  train  on  the  sid- 
ing coming  nearer,  he  said : 

"Freight — backing  in  to  let  18  by." 

This  was  indeed  the  cause  of  the  delay. 

Suddenly,  without  any  apparent  reason, 
he  ran  swiftly  toward  the  flagman.  As  he 
reached  his  side  he  said: 

"I've  got  a  hunch  that  something  is  fol- 
lowing.   Give  me  those  lamps  1" 

The  next  moment  he  had  secured  them 
and  was  running  as  if  his  life  depended 
upon  each  step. 

"Well,  of  all  the  nerve — wonder  who  that 
jay  was?"  Charlie  Scott  ejaculated.  "He 
talked  like  a  railroad  man,  but  he  acted  like 
a  bug-house  convict.  If  I  follow  him  they'll 
go  off  and  leave  me,  then  he's  got  my 
lamps — I'll  smash  that — " 

Charlie  did  not  complete  his  sentence. 
Above  the  roar  of  the  echoes  his  ear  caught 
a  sound — the  shrill  call  for  brakes. 

^       *    *    * 

When  Dale  started  to  run  back  with  the 
lanterns  he  could  not  have  told  for  his  life 
why  he  did  so,  but  a  feeling  seemed  to 
prompt  the  action  and  he  obeyed  it.  He 
was  a  good  sprinter,  and  soon  reached  the 
big  bluff  where  the  tracks  curved  around  its 
base  for  nearly  half  a  mile.  Even  in  the 
darkness  he  knew  he  was  rounding  a  curve, 
and  as  he  ran  he  realized  that  if  he  met  a 
train  his  signals  might  not  be  seen  in  time 
to  save  the  Limited. 

One  more  minute  of  such  effort  would 
bring  him  to  a  point  where  he  could  see  the 
track  back  to  a  distance  of  more  than  a 
mile,  and  where  an  approaching  train  might 
see  his  danger  signal  in  time  to  avert  an 

It  was  not  to  be. 

Just  as  he  reached  the  tangent  spoken  of 
the  rays  of  a  headlight  shot  around  the 
curve.  At  the  same  moment  he  waved  his 
red  lantern.  He  heard  no  response,  but  as 
the  train  came  closer  he  continued  to  signal. 
Then  came  a  sound  that  chilled  his  blood. 

It  was  the  call  of  the  engineer  for  help — 
one  short  blast  of  his  whistle. 

Dale's  long  experience  told  him  the 
trouble — there  was  not  a  sufficient  number 
of  air  brakes  in  use  to  stop  the  train  and 
the  heavy  freight  was  beyond  control  of  the 

As  the  ponderous  engine  passed  him  he 
glanced  up  at  the  engineman  and  saw  him 
reverse  the  lever.  Again  Dale  heard  that 
whistle  almost  human  in  its  cry — STOP. 
He  calculated  the  speed  of  the  train  an  in- 
stant, then  nerving  himself  for  a  terrible 
undertaking,  leaped  for  a  handhold  on  the- 
side  of  a  car. 

He  missed  it! 

The  sound  of  shattered  glass  of  the  lan- 
terns followed  as  Dale  was  thrown  heavily 
to  the  ground.  The  next  moment,  however, 
he  was  again  on  his  feet,  but  now  in  dark- 
ness. A  second  attempt  followed,  and  for 
an  instant  it  seemed  as  if  he  must  be  dashed 
to  death,  but  a  kind  Providence  ruled,  and 
he  quickly  climbed  to  the  top  of  the  cars. 

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No  one  but  an  athlete  trained  to  railroad 
duties  could  have  accomplished  the  task. 
Slower  and  slower  grew  the  speed  as  Dale 
flew  from  brake  to  brake,  exerting  his  tre- 
mendous strength  on  each  one,  imtil  at  last 
he  realized  that  the  train  had  stopped — they 
were  standing  still. 

When  Dale  had  somewhat  recovered  his 
strength  after  the  struggle  he  had  made,  he 
went  forward.  He  saw  No.  18,  the  Limited, 
still  standing,  and  as  occasional  sounds  of  a 
slipping  engine  came  to  his  ears  he  knew 
that  the  freight  which  was  trying  to  back  on 
the  siding  had  not  yet  been  able  to  do  so. 
Reaching  the  engine  of  the  train  he  had 
tried  so  hard  to  stop,  he  heard  Bobby 
Waters,  who  was  down  on  the  ground,  say- 

"Qosest  shave  I  ever  had — never  saw 
that  flag  till  I  was  right  on  top  of  him.  I 
put  the  old  girl  in  the  britchin*  right  off, 
for  I  knowed  it  was  18." 

Before  Charlie  McClarren,  his  fireman, 
could  reply,  Dale  loomed  up  out  of  the 
darkness,  hatless,  out  of  breath  and  bruised 
from  the  severe  fall  he  had  sustained.  He 
noted  that  the  engine's  pilot  was  in  close 
proximity  to  the  rear  sleeper  and  asked: 

"Did  we  hit  them?" 

Charlie  held  his  torch  up  and  surveyed 
Dale  from  head  to  foot  before  answering. 

"Almost  touched — if  .she'd  made  another 
revolution  she  would  have."  Then  after 
a  second  thought  added,  "Was  you  the  fel- 
low that  flagged  us — ^how  did  you  git  here  ?" 

"Heard  you  call  for  brakes — nailed  the 
side  and  helped  make  the  stop,"  replied 
Dale  briefly. 

Charlie  was  speechless  for  a  moment  and 
looked  his  amazement. 

"Say,  partner,  you're  a  trump.  .Who  are 
you  and  what's  your  name?" 

"My  name  is  John  Dale.  I  expect  to  go 
to  work  for  this  road  when  I  have  learned 
it.  I  saw  the  flagman  of  this  train  standing 
a  short  distance  away  before  the  notion 
came  to  me  to  get  his  lanterns — hello,  here 
is  the  man  we  were  talking  of  right  now," 
Dale  said,  looking  up. 

It  was  Scott,  and  he  was  visibly  agitated. 

"I  just  heard  you  say  your  name  is  Dale," 
he  said,  while  his  voice  trembled  and  his 
whole  frame  shook.    "I  ran  back,  too,  when 

I  heard  you  call  for  brakes,"  he  said,  ad- 
dressing Bobby. 

In  a  moment  he  continued : 

"I  saw  you  catch  the  freight— I  expected 
to  see  you  killed.  I  saw  you  setting  brakes 
— that  was  all,  then  you  went  round  the 
curve  out  of  sight  and  I  sat  down — I  was 
all  in — to  Hsten  to  hear  them  hit.  It  was 
you,  Mr.  Dale,  that  saved  the  Limited." 

Dale  escaped  the  laudations  of  Bobby  and 
Charlie  by  suddenly  asserting  his  intention 
of  going  over  to  the  "head  end." 

Arriving  at  the  point  where  the  blockade 
existed,  he  quickly  took  in  the  situation. 
The  freight  had  been  too  heavily  loaded 
and  its  engine,  unable  to  back  its  train  upon 
the  siding,  had  stalled.  The  crews  of  both 
trains  were  discussing  a  way  out  of  the 
dilemma  when  Dale  reached  them.  In  a 
tone  which  commanded  action  he  said : 

"Cut  off  enough  cars  to  hold  the  Limited 
in  the  siding,  then  put  the  Limited  in  and 
back  by,"  he  said  to  the  conductor  of  the 

The  words  he  employed  to  secure  the 
desired  movement  were  perfectly  clear  to 
those  who  stood  about  him,  and  all  won- 
dered why  they  had  not  thought  to  do  this 
before.  It  secured  for  him  their  apprecia- 
tion of  his  quick  grasp  of  situations  and 
tact  to  meet  them. 

Dale  remained  behind  when  the  Limited 
pulled  out.  When  the  freight  had  reunited 
its  train  he  stepped  to  the  gangway  where 
Ed  Collins  was  talking  with  Harry  Bod- 
man,  the  engineer. 

Introducing  himself  merely  as  John  Dale, 
he  said: 

"How  is  it  that  you  picked  out  such  a 
bad  place  to  back  in  to  let  the  Limited  by 

"Well,  I'll  tell  you,  partner.  We've  got  a 
bunch  in  the  office  that  don't  know  any 
more  about  railroading  than  a  Hottentot 
nigger  or  else  they  don't  care  much  for 
their  jobs.  They  tell  us  to  keep  goin'  right 
ahead  of  these  passenger  trains  when  they 
are  late  and  never  tell  us  how  much  late 
they  are,  then  what  happens  ?    You  see  how 

it  was — they  said  get  clear  at  R s,  and 

you  see  how  we  stuck  the  Limited." 

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Dale  did  not  reply  to  this,  but  said : 

"If  you  are  ready  to  go  I'll  close  the 
switch — rm  going  to  follow  on  the  freight 
behind  you." 

As  Dale  climbed  up  in  the  cab,  Bobby 
greeted  him  and  said : 

"Guess  we'll  be  able  to  stop  now — only 
had  ten  out  of  thirty-five  cars  cut  in. 
That's  the  way  they  send  us  out  of  the 
yards — ^nobody  ever  tests  the  brakes — ^you 
seen  for  yourself  what  almost  happened. 
And  for  flaggin' — well,  they  never  get  out 
more  than  two  or  three  hundred  feet." 

Dale  made  notes  of  the  failures  as  they 
went  along  and  drew  much  information 
from  Bobby,  who  assumed  that  Dale  was 
learning  the  road  with  the  intention  of  run- 
ning a  train  as  conductor. 

The  entire  week  was  spent  almost  wholly 
on  the  rail.  In  the  bunkrooms,  the  board- 
ing houses,  the  hotels  and  the  cabooses  the 
inquiry  was  general : 

"Have  you  seen  the  man  they  call  John 

A  few  could  answer  the  question  that 
they  had,  but  there  were  many  who  had 
heard  of  him. 

"Is  he  a  spotter?"  some  one  asked  Charlie 

"No,  or  he  would  have  had  my  goat  for 
not  flagging  extra  2509  a  week  ago  when 
they  nearly  went  through  the  Limited." 

"I  don't  know  who  he  is,  but  I  know  what 
he  is,"  Ed  Collins  said  decisively.  "He  is 
a  railroad  man  and  has  been  a  conductor, 
for  he  told  me  to  be  proud  of  that  title,  and 
I'm  tellin'  you  fellows,  I'm  goin*  to  hit  the 
ball  from  now  on." 

While  the  various  opinions  were  being 
expressed  in  Dale's  favor,  he  was  making 
his  first  report  to  President  Sylvester.  It 
may  be  imagined  that  Dale's  prestige  did 
not  stop  with  the  men.  In  the  office  at 
Bondsville,  as  well  as  at  Barrington,  the 
headquarters  of  Superintendent  Turner, 
Dale's  contact  and  influence  had  been  noted. 

A  little  note  from  President  Sylvester, 
which  had  been  filed  a  week  before  as  of 
little  moment  was  looked  up,  as  it  was  now 
wanted  to  know  the  man  he  had  said  he  was 
sending  to  help  line  the  boys  up  a  week 
before.    Mr.  Judson  was  probably  more  in- 

terested in  Dale  this  moment  than  in  any 
other  living  man. 

He  did  not  summon  his  secretary,  but 
grasped  a  pen  and  wrote  an  autograph  let- 
ter to  Superintendent  Turner. 

"General  Manager's  Office, 

Bondsville,  Nov.  1. 
Mr.  J.  L.  Turner,  Gen'l  Supt.: 

Arrange  to  meet  John  Dale,  now  riding 
our  trains.  Learn  his  assignments  if  pos- 
sible, and  report  to  me  personally. 

Howard  Judson." 

Dale  now  became  a  subject  of  speculation 
from  all  quarters.  The  men  who  asked 
Superintendent  Turner  who  he  was  found 
out  nothing.  Superintendent  Turner  grew 
inquisitive  and  questioned  the  men. 

"Who  is  carrying  this  man — what  does 
his  pass  read?"  he  asked  Ed  Bradley,  one 
of  the  passenger  conductors  on  whose  train 
he  had  been  over  part  of  the  road. 

"He  has  a  Great  Eastern  Consolidated 
annual,  No.  1001,"  said  Bradley,  referring 
to  his  book.  "It  reads,  John  Dale,  super- 
visor of  train  operation,  and  signed  by  the 
president's  secretary." 

While  Superintendent  Turner  was  yet 
wondering  and  while  Mr.  Judson  was  read- 
ing the  report  received  that  morning  from 
Superintendent  Turner,  he  was  handed  a 
message  dated  at  New  York.  It  was  brief, 
and  read: 

"New  York,  11-9. 
Mr.  Howard  Judson,  Bondsville: 

Arrange  to  meet  me  at  Terminal  Junction 
tomorrow  in  my  car,  which  is  attached  to 
No.  53.  '    John  W.  Sylvester." 

When  he  had  concluded  the  reading  he 
called  his  secretary  and  said : 

"Frank,  see  that  my  car  is  put  on  No.  49 
tonight.  You  will  go  with  me  to  Terminal 

Dale  also  received  a  communication  from 
the  president,  asking  him  to  meet  him  at 
the  same  time  and  place  indicated  in  his 
letter  to  Mr.  Judson. 

Dale  was  already  seated  and  talking  with 
the  president  when  Mr.  Judson  arrived. 
An  introduction  followed  which  was  calcu- 
lated to  bring  Dale  and  Mr.  Judson  to- 
gether on  a  friendly  basis. 

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"Howard,"  said  the  president  beaming, 
"this  is  John  Dale — one  of  the  most  loyal 
men  I  ever  had.  He  is  a  resourceful  fel- 
low and  will  never  lie  down  until  the  work 
is  done,  and  done  right." 

"That  is  a  pretty  big  compliment/* 
laughed  Dale. 

Mr.  Judson  frowned  slightly  and  looked 
Dale  over  without  replying. 

"You  have  been  tried  out,  Dale,"  Presi- 
dent Sylvester  continued,  "and  I  have  no 
hesitation  in  recommending  you  to  Mr. 

Then  turning  to  Mr.  Judson,  he  said: 

"I  wish  you  would  find  some  position  for 
this  man — trainmaster  or  something  of  the 
sort — give  him  authority  to  discipline  the 
men  and  let  us  see  what  can  be  accom- 
plished by  teaching  them  how  we  used  to 
do  business  when  I  was  his  division  super- 

-*'What  can  you  do?"  Mr.  Judson  asked 
Dale,  eyeing  him  narrowly. 

"That's  a  question,"  replied  Dale,  meet- 
ing his  gaze  squarely.  "I  would  first  have 
to  learn  what  my  duties  are,  then  time 
would  lell  what  I  would  be  able  to  do." 

The  president  excused  himself  to  Mr. 
Judson  and  Dale  at  this  moment,  and  told 
them  to  talk  the  matter  over  between  them- 

Mr.  Judson  spoke  again. 

"I  believe  you  are  the  fellow  who  has 
been  making  reports  of  conditions  as  you 
found  them  on  the  Bondsville  &  Atlantic 
for  the  past  week." 

Dale  was  about  to  reply  when  Mr.  Judson 
went  on. 

"Now,  in  event  you  accept  service  with 
the  Bondsville  &  Atlantic  I  suppose  you 
know  that  it  would  be  disloyal  to  me,  as  the 
genera]  manager  of  that  road,  for  you  to 
communicate  to  the  president  anything  in 
connection  with  its  management?  Such  re- 
ports must  be  made  by  you  to  your  super- 

"I  believe  I  understand  you,  sir,"  replied 

After  the  matter  of  salary  had  been 
agreed  upon  Mr.  Judson  said : 

"You  will  accompany  me  to  Barrington 
and  there  meet  Superintendent  Turner,  to 

whom  you  will  report" 

When  Mr.  Sylvester  bade  Dale  goodbye, 
he  said: 

"Now,  Dale,  do  all  you  can  for  Mr.  Jud- 
son. You're  working  for  me  also — make 
good— that's  all." 

Dale  promised  him  he  would  as  they 
shook  hands  at  parting. 

During  the  trip  Mr.  Judson's  attitude 
was  one  which  puzzled  Dale  not  a  little. 
One  moment  he  was  telling  Dale  to  secure 
the  co-operation  of  the  men,  and  the  next 
he  seemed  to  be  testing  his  ideas  of  con- 
sistency when  he  required  his  subordinates 
to  condone  errors  in  mismanagement 

Only  when  he  had  time  to  think  the  mat- 
ter all  over"  after  having  met  Superintend- 
ent Turner  did  he  come  to  himself  ready 
for  action.    Speaking  aloud,  he  said : 

"As  sure  as  I  am  John  Dale  Til  do  it — I 
promised  Mr.  Sylvester  and  I'll  keep  my 
promise,  if  I  don't  stay  here  a  week." 

Dale  was  astonished  on  his  first  visit  to 
the  roundhouse  and  shops  as  well  as  the 
yards  where  trains  are  made  up.  An  air 
of  indolence  prevailed  in  both  places.  The 
work  was  being  carried  on  without  any 
apparent  degree  of  push  that  characterized 
other  shops  and  yards  Dale  had  seen.  He 
stopped  at  Stall  No.  13  in  the  house  where 
workmen  were  gathered  together  about  the 
2905.  As  the  foreman  was  seen  approach- 
ing several  men  attempted  to  get  busy. 

"They  have  ordered  this  engine  for  11 
o'clock — ^how  much  is  there  to  do  to  it  yet?" 
he  asked. 

'*We're  waiting  for  the  tire  setting  ma- 
chine," said  one  of  the  men.  "They're 
using  it  on  Johnson's  gang  now." 

"How  are  you  fixed?"  the  foreman  asked 
one  of  the  flue  setters. 

"Seventeen  flues  to  cork — can't  do  that 
before  2  o'clock  with  enly  one  helper," 
he  replied. 

"Well,  hurry  up,  but  take  your  time,"  he 
said  laughing  as  he  turned  to  go.  "I've 
OK'd  the  engine  for  11  o'clock  and  have 
called  the  crew." 

Dale  mentally  calculated  the  time  the 
crew  which  was  to  take  out  the  train  would 
have  to  wait 

"At  least  three  hours,"  he  mused.  "That's 
time  paid  which  is  out  of  the  pocket  of 
the  company  and  not  one  cent  of  benefit  in 

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return.  That's  the  kind  of  business  that 
makes  men  indifferent  when  they  show  up." 

He  wheeled  and  went  straight  for  the 
yardmaster's  office.  When  he  reached  that 
place  known  as  the  "shanty"  he  found  a 
group  of  men  sitting  on  the  benches  inside 
busily  engaged  in  discussing  their  prospects 
for  getting  trains.  None  seemed  to  know 
Dale  when  he  stepped  inside  and  his  ap- 
pearance among  them  did  not  interrupt  the 
trend  of  the  talk. 

"I'll  tell  you  fellows,  this  thing  is  get- 
ting fierce.  We  was  called  for  6  o'clock 
this  morning  and  ever  since  then  we've  been 
hangin*  around  this  joint  waitin*  for  an 
engine,"  one  of  the  number  exclaimed. 

"Yes,  and  when  we  do  git  out  we  get  it 
in  the  neck — we're  on  the  road  so  long  we 
git  starved  and  then  a  fellow's  got  to  have 
something  to  brace  him  up — I  never  went 
into  a  saloon  till  I  went  to  work  for  this 
pike,"  chimed  in  a  sturdy  built  fellow. 

Dale  felt  a  pity  for  the  fellow,  but  re- 
mained a  silent  listener.  Just  then  another 
brakeman  came  in.  His  eyes  were  blinking 
and  his  step  irregular. 

"What's  the  matter,  Baldy  ?"  laughed  one 
of  the  number. 

"Better  set  out  five  cars — ^you've  got 
more  than  your  tonnage,"  suggested  an- 

Baldy  straightened  up  a  moment,  then 
looking  in  the  faces  of  those  about  him 

"You  guys  think  a  fellow's  drunk  when 
he's  all  in  for  sleep.  I've  been  tryin'  to 
sleep  on  the  floor  of  the  caboose  with  a 
paper  under  my  head — ^this  company's  too 
poor,"  he  said  sarcastically  "to  give  us  a 

When  Dale  introduced  himself  to  Paddy 
Shane,  the  yardmaster,  that  afternoon,  he 
had  plenty  to  say  to  him.  The  door  of  his 
private  office  was  closed  for  two  hours  and 
as  the  little  knot  of  men  peeped  through  the 
window  from  time  to  time  they  saw  Dale's 
fist  come  down  emphatically  while  talking 
and  could  see  Paddy  looking  at  the  floor. 

"Who's  the  guy  inside?" -Baldy  asked. 

No  one  seemed  to  know. 

"Bet  I  can  call  the  turn,"  he  said. 
"That's  the  new  trainmaster,  John  Dale." 

"He  took  in  all  we  was  say  in'  all  right — 
he  was  standing  in  here  all  morning. 
Well,"  he  added  after  a  moment,  "we  gave 
it  to  him  straight  anyhow ;  maybe  he'll  iron 
out  some  of  these  yaps  and  "start  some- 
thing."    ^ 

"I've  heard  about  him,"  Baldy  said,  "and 
if  he's  the  hustler  they  say  he  is  he's  a 
cracker  jack." 

Just  then  Dale  was  seen  to  arise  and 
Paddy"  opened  the  door  for  him. 

"I'll  do  what  ye  say,  Mister  Dal©.  Send 
over  the  new  delay  form  and  we'll  begin  to 
check  back  on  the  roundhouse." 

The  new  delay  report  mentioned  was 
Dale's  invention.  It  put  each  delay  on 
record  for  every  train  which  departed  late 
and  gave  the  specific  cause. 

"Until  we  all  understand  this  report  and 
its  purpose  we  will  have  some  delays,"  said 
Dale  as  they  paused  outside  the  door,  "but 
within  ten  days  it  will  be  clear  to  all  and 
then  we  will  put  the  detentions  right  up  to 
the  man  who  is  responsible.  Whether  he  is 
in  one  position  or  another  he  will  have  to 
answer  for  them." 

Dale  possessed  tact.  If  he  condoned  an 
error  he  was  sure  to  ask  the  transgressor 
to  do  some  sort  of  missionary  work  to 
atone  for  his  share  of  it.  If  he  stepped  in 
and  performed  a  meritorious  service  he  al- 
ways attributed  his  quick  perception  and 
grasp  of  situations  to  the  practice  of  judg- 
ment without  which,  he  said,  no  man  could 
be  a  success  in  railroading.  If  he  discov- 
ered a  dangerous  condition  about  a  train  he 
attributed  It  to  training  received  and  taught 
the  men  that  eternal  vigilance  is  the  price 
of  safety,  and  that  according  to  their  vigi- 
lance their  lives  depended. 

It  was  little  wonder  that  Dale's  n'ame  be- 
came the  watchword  of  perfection  among 
them.  What  Dale  said  was  right  was 
accepted  and  acted  upon  as  right.  His 
democracy  won  friends  and  admirers  while 
his  untiring  efforts  secured  hosts  of  fol- 
lowers. He  kept  his  promises  and  no  one 
knew  how  he  accomplished  the  promise  he 
had  made  to  have  bunk  houses  built  and 
cushions  for  the  cabooses,  yet  they  came. 
He  brought  them  together  in  his  office  at 
Barrington  and  defined  the  application  of 
train  rules  and  pointed  out  the  errors  Of 

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the  dispatchers  tfiat  were  the  cause  of  so 
many  detentions  to  passenger  trains  and 
which  kept  them  from  their  homes  in  con- 
sequence. His  was  a  magnetic  nature  which 
drew  to  himself  the  best  there  is  in  men. 
He  instructed  them  contrary  to  practices 
that  had  obtained  in  the  past  and  pointed 
out  a  way  in  harmony  with  the  ethics  of 
good  railroading. 

"It's  just  like  an  old  fashioned  Methodist 
revival,"  shouted  Baldy  as  the  meeting 

"Hallelujah  then,"  shouted  Bobby  Waters 
with  a  laugh.  "We  wanted  just  such  a  man 
here  long  ago." 

Dale  issued  invitations  to  his  dispatchers 
and  to  his  superintendent  to  join  the  meet- 
ing. Not  only  his  arguments  were  good  but 
his  manner  of  putting  the  rules  in  prac- 
tice while  working  with  them  on  the  road 
proved  his  ability  and  won  their  admiration. 
He  waited  for  clashes  arising  out  of  his 
instructions  which  conflicted  with  estab- 
lished methods  adopted  in  harmony  with 
Mr.  Judson's  policy.  A  few  did  arise,  but 
the  men  won  in  each  case. 

A  crucial  point  was  gradually  nearing. 

The  appointment  of  Mr.  Turner  was  ap- 
proved and  Mr.  French  was  mentioned  as 
having  resigned  to  accept  service  with  the 
Great  Eastern  Consolidated.  Immediately 
Mr.  Judson  had  a  conference  with  his  new 

When  they  were  alone  in  the  general 
manager's  office  Mr.  Judson  said : 

"It  is  time  that  drastic  action  is  taken  to 
rid  ourselves  of  this  man  Dale.  Have  you 
any  grounds  to  make  a  charge  that  will 
stand  in  case  the  president  inquires  into  the 
cause  of  dismissal?"  Mr.  Judson  asked. 

"I  think  I  can  find  one,"  replied  Mr.  Tur- 
ner with  a  confidential  nod  of  his  head. 

"Then,  fire  him — if  you  can  not  get  his 

Whether  it  was  the  calm  that  precedes 
the  storm  that  made  Dale  feel  there  was 
an  impending  crisis  or  whether  it  was  the 
persistence  on  the  part  of  his  superior  offi- 
cers to  ignore  his  efforts  and  offer  no  inter- 
ference to  his  active  work,  he  could  not 
tell ;  at  any  rate  he  was  not  surprised  when 
he  received  the  summons  to  report  in  the 

superintendent's  office — that  the  general 
superintendent  wished  to  speak  to  him. 

"Dale,"  he  said  briefly  without  deigning 
to  acknowledge  his  salutation,  "Mr.  Judson 
sent  me  down  here  to  demand  your  resigna- 
tion or,  in  case  you  refuse  to  give  it — to 
fire  you." 

"On  the  grounds  of  unsatisfactory  service 
I  suppose?"  replied  Dale  with  a  rising  in- 

"No,  sir;  for  insubordination." 

"Would  you  mind  making  one  specific 
charge  ?" 

"One  of  the  men  wrote  a  letter  to  the 
president  lauding  your  services.  You 
caused  that  letter  to  be  written,"  he  said 

"Out  of  deference  to  your  position  I  with- 
hold calling  you  a  liar,"  said  Dale  hotly. 
"To  anyone  else  I  say  it  is  a  lie — I  have  no 
need  to  write  to  that  man  what  I  am  doing 
— he  knows." 

"I  suppose  so,"  Mr.  Turner  said  with  a 
sneer.    "But  how  about  the  resignation?" 

"You  can  have  it,"  replied  Dale.  "I  will 
have  it  ready  in  a  few  moments  so  that  you 
can  take  it  back  to  Mr.  Judson." 

When  Dale  handed  Mr.  Turner  his  resig- 
nation he  attempted  to  express  his  regrets 
that  he  was  compelled  to  do  so  unpleasant 
a  duty,  but  Dale  stopped  him. 

"I  don't  know  how  much  of  that  is  sin- 
cere, for  while  I  have  been  your  trainmas- 
ter you  have  never  showed  the  least  interest 
in  what  I  did — ^rather  it  appeared  that  my 
efforts  were  a  handicap  of  some  sort." 

Mr.  Turner  frowned  and  said : 

"It  doesn't  make  any  difference  now, 
Dale.  I  suppose  the  president  will  take 
care  of  you,  only  I  do  not  want  you  to  go 
from  here  feeling  that  I  had  anything  to 
do  with  your  leaving — it  was  entirely  up  to 
Mr.  Judson." 

As  Dale  was  about  to  take  his  leave  Mr. 
Turner  added : 

"When  you  see  the  president  I  wish  you 
would  speak  a  favorable  word  for  me — ^you 
know  the  Barrington  division  boomed  the 
past  year  while  I  was  superintendent." 

Dale's  lip  curled  scornfully  as  he  turned 
away,  but  he  did  not  reply.  He  was  now 
without  a  position.  Notwithstanding  his 
innocence  he  regretted  that  charges  of  so 

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gross  a  nature  as  insubordination  should  be 
laid  at  his  door. 

"I  was  just  beginning  to  accomplish 
something,"  he  murmured  as  he  entered  his 
office.  He  stopped  suddenly  as  if  con- 
fronted by  a  ghost. 

"I  wonder  if  this  is  the  beginning  of  the 
end?"  he  exclaimed. 

As  if  in  answer  to  his  query  he  found  a 
letter  on  his  desk  which  had  been  delivered 
during  his  absence.  Hastily  opening  it  he 

"Bondsville  5-1—.  • 
Mr.  John  Dale,  Trainmaster,  Barrington : 

Dear  Sir — Your  resignation  will  be  de- 
manded tomorrow  on  penalty  of  dismissal. 
Mr.  Turner  to  make  charges  to  get  rid  of 
you  on  account  of  your  activity  which  op- 
poses the  policy  of  the  management. 

(Confidential)  Signed:    Frank." 

Dale's  face  showed  no  signs  of  surprise. 
He  folded  the  letter  and  placfed  it  in  his* 

"A  friend  in  the  camp  of  the  enemy,"  he 
said  aloud. 

The  following  morning  as  Dale  was  leav- 
ing foi'  New  York  he  received  a  copy  of 
the  notice  mentioning  the  abolishment  of 
his  office.    This  also  he  placed  in  his  pocket. 

His  heart  was  filled  with  regrets  of  a 
tender  nature  as  the  train  carried  him  past 
the  faithful  fellows  he  saw  in  the  yards,  for 
they  had  endeared  themselves  to  him.  Not 
until  he  had  arrived  in  the  big  city  did  he 
begin  to-  think  what  report  he  should  make 
to  Mr.  Sylvester. 

The  following  morning  found  him  an 
early  caller.  Shaking  hands  with  Joe  he 
asked  to  see  the  president  and  was  told  to 
go  in. 

"Hello,  Dale;  what's  up?"  the  president 
said  anxiously. 

Dale  handed  the  president  the  notice  of 
the  abolishment  of  the  office  he  had  held 
for  two  years  and  the  letter  from  the  pri- 
vate secretary  of  the  general  manager  of 
the  Bondsville  &  Atlantic. 

**Who  is  this  Frank  who  signs  this  let- 
ter?*' asked  the  president,  with  a  slight 

"He  is  secretary  to  the  general  manager." 

"What  does  he  mean  by  *your  activity 
which  opposes  the  policy  of  the  general 

"My  interest  in  the  welfare  of  the  road — 
the  education  of  the  men  and  the  better- 
ment of  the  service  generally,  explains  what 
I  have  been  actively  engaged  in;  you  can 
draw  your  own  conclusions  if  such  be  op- 
posed to  the  policy  of  a  general  manager, 
what  his  intentions  are.  It  is  my  opinion," 
Dale  added,  "that  the  same  cause  was  back 
of  Mr.  French's  resignation — ^he  was  too 
active.  You  did  not  understand  and  de- 
manded his  resignation." 

"I  demanded,"  said  the  president, 
straightening  himself  in  his  chair,  ''did  you 
say  I  demanded  Mr.  French's  resignation?" 

"I  believe  that  was  what  I  heard  Mr.  Jud- 
son  gave  to  the  official  family  as  a  reason," 
replied  Dale. 

"What  was  the  specific  reason  suggested 
in  your  case?" 

"I  was  charged  with  insubordination — ^be- 
ing the  instigator  of  a  letter  to  yourself 
lauding  my  efforts." 

"Dale,  there  is  something  back  of  this. 
I  expect  Mr.  French  within  a  few  minutes 
and  I  shall  see  what  he  knows  of  the  con- 
ditions that  are  existing  relative  to  the 
policy  of  Mr.  Judson." 

He  had  scarcely  spoken  when  Joe  entered 
saying : 

"Mr.  French  is  waiting." 

"Tell  him  to  come  in.    Dale,  you  remain." 

Mr.  French  was  delighted  to  see  Dale  and 
after  greetings  had  been  exchanged  with 
the  president  he  was  offered  a  seat. 

"Mr.  French,"  said  the  president  in  a 
business-like  way,  "what  do  you  know  about 
Mr.  Judson's  policy — in  what  way  were  you 
not  in  harmony  with  it?" 

Mr.  French  was  taken  so  by  surprise  that 
he  could  hardly  frame  an  answer. 

"I  have  nothing  conclusive  to  offer  you. 
I  can  tell  you,  however,  that  certain  sug- 
gestions which  came  from  Mr.  Judson  did 
not  appeal  to  me." 

"What  were  they  ?"  asked  the  president. 

"He  suggested  that  all  trains  of  whatso- 
ever class  be  kept  in  motion  one  after  the 

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other  notwithstanding  consequent  delays  to 
our  passenger  traffic** 

"Did  that  meet  your  concurrence?" 

"It  did  not" 

**\Vliat  next?" 

"That  we  refrain  from  exerting  drastic 
discipline  in  cases  of  intoxication  and 
senous  accidents,  or  from  negligence  threat- 
ening the  safety  of  trains.*' 

"What  was  your  attitude?** 

**I  opposed  it,  but  was  overruled  and 
cases  of  such  nature  were  held  back  in  the 
office  of  Mr.  Turner  and  were  never  al- 
lowed to  come  to  my  attention.** 

"What  led  up  to  your  resignation  as  gen- 
eral superintendent?** 

"The  complaint  alleged  to  have  come 
from  your  office  that  the  road  was  not 
properly  supervised  and  made  to  pay  what 
it  was  able  to  pay,  consequently  calling  for 
better  supervision." 

The  president  was  silent  a  full  moment, 
then  turning  to  Dale  said  : 

"What  sort  of  men  have  we  on  the 
Bondsville  &  Atlantic?" 

"Of  the  very  best,**  replied  Dale  heartily. 
"They  were  worse  treated  than  slaves  when 
I  went  there.  Every  effort  of  mine  to  bet- 
ter their  conditions  was  rewarded  a  dozen 
times  by  their  work  and  loyalty  to  me.** 

"I  think  the  intention  is  clear  to  me," 
said  the  president,  musing,  "and  I  will  show 
them  yet  that  the  Bondsville  &  Atlantic  is 
gilt  edged,**  he  said,  pushing  a  button. 

"Joe,  wire  Mr.  Judson  and  Mr.  Ttu^ner 
to  meet  Mr.  French,  Mr.  Dale  and  myself 
at  Ravensdale  tomorrow  at  noon.  Tell  Mr. 
Judson  I  am  waiting  for  his  reply." 

The  president  then  spoke  of  other  mat- 
ters a  few  moments  in  connection  with  the 
Bondsville  &  Atlantic's  prospects  when  Joe 
reappeared  with  a  message. 

The  president  was  evidently  greatly  sur- 
prised, for  as  he  laid  aside  the  message  he 
exclaimed : 


Dale  and  Mr.  French  looked  at  each 
other,  then  at  the  president. 

Again  he  took  up  the  message,  then 
smiled  as  he  looked  at  the  inquisitive  faces 
before  him. 

"I  have  Mr.  Judson's  reply  as  follows:*' 

"Bondsville  5-3d — . 
John  W.  Sylvester, 
President,  G.  E.  C.  R.  R. : 
Sorry  we  can  not  arrange  to  meet  the 
gentlemen  as  requested.    Please  accept  our 
resignations  to  take  effect  on  receipt  of  this 

Signed:    Howard  Judson,  Gen*l  Mgr. 
J.  L.  Turner,  Gen*l  Supt. 

There  was  a  silence  for  a  moment,  then 
the  president  turned  to  his  little  audience 
saying : 

"Gentlemen  I  am  indebted  to  you.  The 
Bondsville  &  Atlantic  had  two  traitors  who 
were  trying  to  ruin  me.  They  have  both 
resigned.  We  are  without  officers  for  those 
places  this  moment,  but  I  feel  that  we  will 
come  out  all  right.*' 

Then  turning  to  Mr.  French  he  said : 

"I  shall  wire  my  acceptance  of  their  res- 
ignations at  once  and,  if  you  will  recon- 
sider your  resignation  I  will  also  reappoint 
you  to  your  old  position." 

Mr.  French  thanked  the  president  and 
said  he  would  do  so. 

"I  will  assume  the  management  of  that 
road  personally,"  he  replied,  "for  the 

"I  almost  forgot  about  you,  Dale — ^you 
want  a  job,  too,  don't  you?** 

Before  Dale  could  reply  he  continued : 

"I  am  going  to  let  Mr.  French  take  care 
of  you.** 

"Well,  if  you  put  it  that  way,**  said  Mr. 
French,  "I  believe  Dale  would  make  a  first- 
class  superintendent  and  as  soon  as  it  can 
be  arranged  he  may  consider  himself 
located  at  Barrington." 

"So  be  it,"  said  the  president  swinging 
around  in  his  chair,  pressing  the  button. 

"Here*s  where  we  start  the  wheels  of  a 
new  administration  with  integrity  and  hon- 
esty for  our  policy,  giving  preference  to 
merit  and  the  benefit  of  the  doubt  to  every 
erring  man.'* 

It  was  all  accomplished  so  quietly  that 
the  public  and  the  men  lost  their  breath,  so 
to  speak,  when  the  word  came  that  Mr. 
French  again  had  control  of  the  reins. 

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Nor  yet  did  surprises  stop,  for  the  next 
day  John  Dale  stepped  into  the  superin- 
tendent's position. 

While  the  world  at  large  did  not  get  a 
reason  for  the  radical  changes  that  came  to 
pass  within  a  few  days  there  was  a  sus- 
picion that  Dale  was  at  the  bottom  of  it, 
and  being  pleased  they  shouted: 

"Hurrah  for  the  man  that  does  things — 
"DALE!"— By  William  D'Keith  Ai^er- 
soN,  in  The  Railroad  Trainman. 


AT  a  meeting  of  the  Booneton  Medi- 
cal Society,  there  not  being  a 
^  quorum,  half  a  dozen  doctors  sat 
around  chatting.  The  conversation  fell 
upon  the  new  science  of  medicine,  which 
practically  had  its  beginning  in  the  investi- 
gations of  Mr.  Pasteur,  and  is  making  great 
headway  in  those  experiments  carried  on  by 
scientists  who  devote  themselves  to  original 
research.  Commenting  on  the  great  change 
scientific  research  h&s  wrought  in  the  medi- 
cal profession,  Dr.  Elderkin,  a  retired  phy- 
sician, told  the  following  story : 

When  I  started  to  practice,  though  it  was 
in  the  latter  half  of  the  nineteenth  century, 
our  profession  had  lagged  far  behind  the 
progressive  spirit  of  the  times.  Though  we 
are  still  woefully  ignorant,  we  know  far 
more  than  we  did  then,  and  when  we  re- 
member that  we  had  at  that  time  but 
recently  advanced  beyond  the  universal 
remedy  of  blood-letting,  originally  practiced 
by  the  barber  who  shaved  our  ancestors,  we 
get  some  idea  of  the  low  condition  of  the 
science  of  medicine  half  a  century  ago. 

Being  naturally  of  a  scientific  mind,  I 
realized  this.  Upon  finishing  my  course  at 
the  medical  college  I  was  surprised  that 
there  was  so  little  really  known.  Indeed, 
beyond  the  fact  that  vaccination  will  pre- 
vent smallpox,  I  don't  remember  a  single 
certainty  in  medicine  that  I  had.  learned  in 
my  college  cour§p.  What  a  difference  from 
the  present,  when  Nve  have  antitoxins  that 
work  with  absolute  certainty;  the  X-ray, 
by  which  to  look  into  the  human  body,  and 
have  proved  that  diseases  are  transmitted 
by  the  fly  and  the  mosquito  I 

I  settled  in  this  very  town  and  hung  out 
my  shingle.  Experience  was  then  the  doc- 
tor's best  card.  A  bald  head,  a  pair  of 
mutton  chop  gray  whiskers,  a  presence  that 
bespoke  wisdom — these  were  sure  to  bring 
success  to  any  practitioner.  This  impres- 
sive person  of  half  a  century  ago  did  not 
know  one-tenth  as  much  as  the  poorest 
student  in  a  class  graduating  in  a  medical 
school  today.  But  since  there  was  nothing 
but  experience  on  which  to  base  confidence, 
the  old  practitioner  had  it  all  his  own  way, 
and  the  young  man  had  no  show  at  all. 

I  looked  like  a  boy  and  was  treated  as 
a  boy,  for  never  did  a  patient  darken  my 
doors.  I  was  socially  well  received  by  the 
young  people  of  town  and  formed  the 
acquaintance  of  a  number  of  young  girls, 
who  thought  me  "a  nice  little  fellow"  and 
snickered  when  they  called  me  doctor,  their 
idea  of  a  physician  being  the  elderly  party 
I  have  mentioned.  One  of  these  young 
ladies  I  admired  very  much  and  thought 
that  if  I  could  marry  her  possibly  I  might 
inspire  some  confidence  and  make  a  begin- 
ning. But  she  was  the  daughter  of  the 
principal  man  in  the  place,  John  Parkinson, 
and  there  was  an  awful  gap  between  her 
and  a  tow-headed,  blue-eyed  doctor  who 
didn't  look  old  enough  to  treat  a  cat.  As  to 
being  called  in  to  treat  Mr.  Parkinson  or 
any  member  of  her  family,  there  was  no 
more  chance  of  that  than  being  struck  by 

His  family  physician.  Dr.  Swinbourne,  in 
his  younger  days  had  bled  his  patients  for 
every  disease,  and  so  wedded  was  he  to  the 
treatment  that  he  still  carried  a  lancet  in 
his  medical  case.  The  Parkinsons  revered 
him  as  a  man  of  great  experience  and  he 
was  supposed  to  have  a  wonderful  advan- 
tage in  knowing  the  constitution  of  every 
member  of  the  family,  including  the  feist 
child  born,  who  was  but  eight  months  old 
and  sound  as  a  nut.  The  chance  of  my 
supplanting  this  august  person  as  physician 
in  the  household  was  as  remote  as  being 
called  upon  to  treat  the  President  of  the 
United  States. 

But  no  matter  how  firm  one  is  settled  on 
any  soft  spot  let  him  beware  of  being  un- 
dermined. His  very  greatness  is  liable  to 
give  his  competitor  a  chance.    Mr.  Parkin- 

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son  was  fond  of  horses  and  owned  some 
valuable  stock.  One  of  his  animals  was 
sired  by  a  racer  and  had  cost  $3,000.  One 
day  this  horse  was  taken  sick.  Would  his 
owner  insult  the  great  Swinbourne  by  ask- 
ing him  to  treat  a  horse  ?  Never !  A  veter- 
inary surgeon  was  called  in.  It  is  quite 
likely  that  he  knew  as  much  about  what 
ailed  the  horse  and  how  to  cure  him  as  the 
M.  D. — he  certainly  knew  as  much  as  I  did 
— ^but,  despite  his  valuable  efforts,  the  ani- 
mal grew  worse  and  the  veterinary  finally 
gave  him  up  as  a  candidate  for  button  and 
glue  material. 

Mr.  Parkinson  was  one  of  those  persist- 
ent men  who  never  say  die,  and  it  occurred 
to  him  that  I  might  not  feel  very  much 
insulted  at  being  called  in  to  treat  a  horse. 
But  he  could  afford  to  insult  me,  though  he 
could  not  afford  to  insult  his  physician. 
For  if  any  of  the  family  were  taken  411  and 
the  doctor  refused  to  treat  the  patient  there 
was  likely  to  be  crape  on  the  door.  At  any 
rate,  I  was  called  in  to  have  a  look  at  the 

Mr.  Parkinson  had  sent  the  veterinary 
away  and  there  was  no  one  present  at  my 
visit  to  the  patient  but  myself  and  his 
owner.  The  horse  was  lying  on  the  stable 
floor  to  all  appearance  dead.  My  first  im- 
pulse was — from  force  of  habit — ^to  feel  his 
pulse,  but  I  remembered  that  I  might  get 
nearer  his  heart  than  his  fetlock,  so  I  put 
my  hand  behind  his  fore  leg.  There  was 
still  a  faint  beat  and  I  knew  he  was  not  yet 
quite  dead.  ^ 

My  ignorance  of  what  was  the  matter 
with  him  and  what  to  do  for  him  was 
such  that  I  stood  doubtless  looking  as 
ignorant  as  I  felt.  Mr.  Parkinson  had  his 
ejes  on  me  and  turned  away  with  a  look 
of  disgust.  It  was  this  that  nerved  me  at 
the  turning  point  of  my  life. 

"Mr.  Parkinson,"  I  said,  "your  horse  is 
dying  of  digitalis." 

I  was  obliged  to  choose  a  word  so  sud- 
denly that  I  hit  upon  the  name  of  a  drug 
and  feared  my  man  would  know  that  it 
was  a  drug  and  not  a  disease. 

"Well?"  he  said  somewhat  more  confi- 

I  was  tempted  to  make  an  excuse  to  go 
to  the  druggist,  to  get  a  dose  for  the 

brute,  but  seeing  the  effect  of  my  first 
bluff  I  resolved  on  another. 

"I  don't  like  to  leave  him,"  I  said. 
"Would  you  mind  getting  me  a  messenger? 
I  wish  to  send  for  a  remedy." 

"Not  a  bit.  I'll  call  Tom.  I  don't  know 
why  he  is  not  here.  This  is  his  place,  espe- 
cially at  such  a  time." 

He  went  to  the  house,  a  few  hundred 
yards  distant.  He  was  absent  some  time. 
Not  being  able  to  find  his  man  and  while 
he  was  gone  I  upset  a  peck  measure  used 
for  carrying  oats,  but  now  filled  with  salt. 
Some  of  the  contents  fell  on  the  horse's 
tongue,  which  was  protruding  ^rom  his 
mouth.  I  noticed  that  the  member  quivered. 
I  picked  up  a  little  more  salt  from  the 
floor  and  dropped  it  on  the  tongue.  Slowly 
it  was  withdrawn  into  the  horse's  mouth. 
Taking  up  a  handful  I  opened  the  jaws  and 
thrust  it  in. 

I  stood  theVe,  or  rather  knelt,  feeding  the 
horse  salt  till  Mr.  Parkinson  returned.  The 
other  had  disappeared,  doubtless  thinking  he 
would  be  blamed  in  the  matter  of  the  loss 
of  the  horse  and  the  master  was  abusing 
him  to  me  when  he  caught  sight  of  the 
patient  licking  his  chops  with  his  eyes  open. 

"Why,  he  seems  to  be  better." 


"Do  you  think  you  can  pull  him 

"I  think  I  can." 

"What's  that  you're  giving  him?" 

"A  saline  remedy  I've  found  beneficial  in 
such  cases." 

He  didn't  ask  where  I  got  it,  or  I  would 
have  told  him  I  had  it  in  my  medicine  case. 

Well,  it  happened  that  my  knocking  over 
the  salt  had  given  my  patient  just  what  he 
needed.  I  don't  know  even  now  what  his 
trouble  was,  but  I  do  know  that  animals 
must  have  salt.  At  any  rate  a  few  hand- 
fuls  of  it  effected  a  change  in  his  condition, 
and  he  improved  rapidly.  I  followed  up  the 
treatment  by  giving  him  water  to  drink, 
and  it  was  not  long  before  he  stood  up  on 
his  feet. 

"By  Jove!"  exclaimed  Mr.  Parkinson. 
"That  was  the  most  marvelous  cure  I  ever 
met  with.  I  must  tell  Swinbourne  about 
that.    What  did  you  call  the  disease?" 

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"Mr.  Parkinson,"  I_said,  assuming  an  in- 
jured tone,  "I  have  cured  your  horse,  but 
I  object  to  furnishing  medical  information 
to  one  of  these  old  school  doctors.  I  beg 
you  not  to  mention  the  matter  to  Dr.  Swin- 

"Why,  it  might  lead  him  to  take  an  in- 
terest in  you.'\ 

"Not  at  all.  You,  as  a  layman,  are  not 
aware  of  the  jealousies  existing  in  our 
profession.  Should  you  tell  Dr.  Swin- 
bourne  of  this  cure  he  would  doubtless  as- 
sert that  your  horse  would  have  recovered 
just  as  well  without  my  treatment  as  with 

I  shot  a  glance  at  him  to  see  how  the 
thrust  struck  him,  expecting  that  he  would 
deny  that  Swinbourne  was  any  such  man. 
I  was  agreeably  disappointed. 

"YouVe  right,  my  boy,"  he  said.  "Never 
give  away  anjrthing  you've  got  unless  you've 
something  to  gain  by  it." 

Gentlemen,  if  you  ask  me  what  gave  me 
a  start  in  a  practice  which  became  for  half 
a  century  all  I  could  have  desired  I  reply 
blind  luck,  followed  up  with  a  dose  of  con- 
centrated gall.  Besides,  the  lesson  I  learned 
was  of  great  benefit  I  made  it  a  rule  the 
less  I  knew  about  a  case  the  more  to  pre- 
tend. And  why  not?  Docs  a  doctor  gain 
anjrthing  by  losing  the  confidence  of  a  pa- 
tient? By  no  means.  On  thie  contrary,  the 
patient  loses  heart,  and  that  is  the  worst 
thing  that  can  happen. 

But  to  finish  my  story.  Mr.  Parkinson 
let  it  be  known  that  he  would  have  lost 
his  valuable  horse  had  it  not  been  for  my 
skill,  and  I  was  installed  as  physician  to 
the  family,  to  be  called  upon  for  slight  in- 
dispositions. Dr.  Swinbourne  being  sum- 
moned to  treat  troubles  of  importance. 
This  led  to  some  outside  practice,  and  in 
time  I  assumed  sufficient  boldness  to  pay 
attention  to  Miss  Parkinson.  By  this  time 
I  had  become  known  not  as  the  man  who 
had  cured  a  horse,  but  one  who  had  cured 
human  beings.  I  finally  married  Miss 
Parkinson,  but  this  was  not  till  Swin- 
bourne had  retired  and  I  was  installed  not 
only  in  his  place,  but  succeeded  to  the  bulk 
of  his  practice.  In  fact,  he  retired  because 
he  found  that  I  was  forging  ahead  of  him. 

In  claiming  precedence  in  what  we  know 
now  to  what  we  knew  then  I  am  sorry 
to  say  that  in  the  majority  of  cases  it  is 
still  guesswork  with  us.  We  try  a  remedy 
and  if  the  patient  docs  not  respond  we  try 
another  and  another,  till  either  we  have 
tried  them  all  or  the  patient  succumbs  or 
recovers.  But  we  have  the  satisfaction  of 
knowing  that  both  in  America  and  Europe 
men  are  engaged  in  devoting  their  entire 
time  to  investigation,  and  every  year  we 
know  more  than  we  knew  the  year  before. 

My  wife  never  knew  how  accidental  was 
the  success  that  gave  me  my  start  till  we 
had  been  married  many  years.— By  F.  A. 
MiTCHEL,  in  Journal  of  Industry, 


I  HAD  worked  third  shift  at  Colfax  less 
than  three  months,  but  during  that 
time  I  had  become  quite  a  society  man. 
I  was  invited  out  practically  every  night,  and 
when  I  wasn't  I  had  calls  to  make,  which 
usually  kept  me  up  until  nearly  midnight, 
at  which  time  I  relieved  Collins. 

After  the  party  or  dance  was  over  and 
we — I  mean  the  young  fellows  of  the  little 
town — had  accompanied  our  girls  home,  it 
was  our  habit  to  meet  in  Feland's  saloon, 
where  we  would  talk  and  drink  until  nearly 
midnight,  with  the  result  that  I  often  went 
on  duty  pretty  well  jingled.  I  wouldn't  be 
drunk,  understand,  but  in  that  state  where 
things  looked  queer  and  unnatural  to  me; 
the  rough  edges  were  filed  off  the  corners 
of  life,  as  it  were,  by  the  effects  of  the 

One  night,  early  in  the  winter,  I  took  a 
girl  home  from  a  dance,  and,  on  my  way 
to  the  depot,  stopped  in,  as  usual,  at  Fe- 
land's, where  the  gang  "set  'em  up"  around. 
There  were  seven  of  us.  That  meant  that 
within  half  an  hour  I  had  taken  seven 
drinks.  No  wonder  strange  things  hap- 
pened that  night.  I  was  the  receptacle  for 
enough  alcohol  to  make  a  porterhouse  steak 
disintegrate.  Instead  of  cutting  my  stom- 
ach into  pieces  it  went  to  my  brain.  After 
the  seventh  drink,  the  others  left  the  saloon, 
but  as  it  was  not  quite  midnight,  I  stayed 
for  another  drink  and  a  chat  with  the  bar- 

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"This  one's  on  me"  he  said  in  a  sudden 
fit  of  generosity,  and  as  I  nodded,  he  began 
to  mix  the  cocktails.  "I'm  sure  the  road's 
got  a  good  fellow  on  after  midnight  now," 
he  continued.  "The  last  good  fellow  here 
was  Caskey.  Brown,  the  man  here  before 
you  came,  was  sure  a  self -centered  guy. 
Why,  he  wasn't  in  our  place  once  all  the 
time  he  was  here.  Caskey  was  sure  a  good 
fellow,  though." 

They  promoted  Brown,  didn't  they?"  I 
asked  as  I  dreamily  watched  him  pour  the 
codctails  into  the  tall-stemmed  glasses. 

"Yes;  he  went  up  to  the  headquarters 
office,"  said  the  bartender.  "Here's  how." 
And  we  drank. 

"What  became  of  Caskey?"  I  asked. 

"Oh,  he's  out  in  Utah  now.  They 
canned  him  off  this  road  for  coming  over 
here  to  get  a  drink  and  forgetting  to  stop 
a  train  he  had  orders  for.  The  freight  he 
let  pass  met  a  passenger  train  about  five 
miles  above  here,  but  they  saw  each  other 
in  time  to  stop,  and  so  nobody  was  hurt. 
But  Caskey  was  a  good  fellow,  all  right." 

I  took  my  last  drink  for  the  night  and 
walked  over  to  the  depot.  Old  Collins  was 
putting  on  his  coat  and  gathering  up  his 
lunch  basket  and  coffee  pot.  He  made  his 
coffee  on  the  office  stove,  for  he  was  a  sober 
old  fellow  and  wouldn't  drink  anything 
stronger  than  the  Java. 

"Feel  all  right,  sonny?"  he  asked,  as  I 
looked  over  the  thirty-one  clips  to  see  if  he 
had  any  orders  on  hand  to  sign  for. 

"Sure."  I  answered.    "Why?" 

"If  I  were  you,  my  boy,  I'd  cut  out  Fe- 
land's.  More  than  one  good  man  has  gone 
the  boomer  route  by  dabbling  with  the  stuff 
he  hands  out." 

I  became  angry.  "Why  you  old  home- 
guard,"  I  exclaimed,  "if  you  don't  report 
me,  no  one  will  ever  know  whether  I  go 
there  or  not" 

The  old  man  made  a  grimace,  as  if  con- 
trolling himself.  "They  knew  all  about 
Caskey,  and  I'm  sure  he  was  never  reported 
from  here." 

"But  Caskey  let  a  train  get  by  him. 
Catch  me  doing  anything  like  thatl"  And 
I  smiled  in  a  very  superior  way  as  the  old 
man  turned  and  walked  out. 

The  big,  fat  stove  was  red  hot,  and  I  soon 
became  warm  and  sleepy.  Nothing  was 
doing  on  the ,  wires  except  a  car  report 
from  a  station  fifty  miles  down  the  line.  I 
leaned  back  comfortably  and  listened  to  the 
report,  but  suddenly  it  stopped.  The  lights 
grew  dim  and  I  could  see  them  only 
through  a  haze.  The  liquor  had  reached 
my  brain.  I  was  brought  to  my  senses  by 
the  sound  of  my  call  coming  impatiently 
on  the  wire.  The  operator  at  the  other 
end  was  signing  "DS"  and  I  knew  from 
that  it  was  the  dispatcher  and  by  the  way 
he  handled  the  key,  that  he  had  been  calling 
for  some  time. 

"OS  extra  south,"  he  said  when  I  an- 
swered. Which  meant  that  he  wanted  a 
report  on  when  they  had  arrived  and  left 
my  station. 

"No  OS,"  I  answered.  I  figured  that  if 
a  train  had  passed  I  surely  would  have 
heard  it,  even  if  I  were  taking  a  catnap. 

Then  he  sent  an  order :  "No.  98,  engines 
1240  and  1008  will  meet  extra  *553'  at  Col- 

"Sure  the  '553'  hasn't  passed?"  he  asked 

"Sure,"  I  answered. 

"Should  have  passed  thirty  minutes  ago," 
he  said,  and  closed  his  key. 

Until  then  I  had  not  thought  to  look  at 
the  clock.  I  glanced  up.  The  hands 
pointed  to  2:30.  I  had  been  asleep  more 
than  two  hours  and  perhaps,  after  all,  the 
extra  had  passed.  And  if  it  had — well,  they 
would  need  a  wrecker,  some  doctors  and 
nurses  and  a  few  coffins,  that  was  all.  I 
would  probably  follow  Caskey,  if  they 
didn't  soak  me  for  murder. . 

I  stepped  out  on  the  platform  and 
glanced  up  at  my  semaphore  in  doing  so. 
It  was  down,  showing  white!  I  was  sure 
I  had  left  it  red  when  I  took  the  office  over 
from  Collins.  I  had  no  recollection  of  turn- 
ing it  since  that  time.  I  looked  down  at 
the  rails.  A  sheet  of  frost  covered  them. 
I  made  a  mark  on  the  nearest  one  with  my 
thumb  and  watched  to  see  how  long  it 
would  take  the  frost  to  obliterate  the  im- 
print. By  that  means  I  wished  to  assure 
myself  that  a  train  couldn't  have  passed 
within  the  last  thirty  minutes  without  show- 
ing a  mark  on  the  rails.  I  watched  that 
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mark  for  some  minutes  and  it  appeared  as 
plain  as  when  I  made  it.  My  heart  grew 
lighter.  Then  I  glanced  up  in  the  direction 
of  town  and  back  at  the  rail.  The  mark 
was  gone!  As  long  as  I  kept  my  eyes  on 
the  spot  the  change  had  not  been  apprecia- 
ble, but  it  disappeared  the  instant  I  had 
glanced  away. 

I  heard  another  call  from  "DS"  and  went 
in  and  answered. 

"Nothing  from  '553'  yet?" 

"Nothing,"  I  answered.     "What  is  it?" 

"Theatrical  special.  Craig  pulling  it. 
Should  have  been  there  an  hour  ago." 

My  hair  began  to  rise.  I  was  perfectly 
sober  now,  and  suffering.  For  Craig  had 
been  the  man  who  found  me,  a  disheartened 
kid,  less  than  four  months  before,  loafing 
around  the  dispatcher's  office,  waiting  for 
something  to  turn  up.  My  money  was 
gone.  I  was  hungry.  The  big  fellow  took 
pity  on  me  and  asked  me  to  his  home, 
where  I  stayed  several  weeks,  during  which 
time  he  had  introduced  me  to  the  men  in 
the  general  office,  to  the  trainmaster,  and 
had  been  instrumental  in  getting  me  the 
job  I  was  holding.  For  he  was  a  man  the 
officials  knew  and  valued  and  so  a  friend 
of  his  landed  a  "job  much  easier  than  the 
unknown  little  tramp.  His  wife  had  treated 
me  as  she  would  have  treated  a  son ;  I  had 
played  hours  at  a  time  with  the  baby;  had 
made  myself  perfectly  at  home,  in  fact. 
And  it  was  such  a  home  as  I  appreciated, 
for  I  was  but  a  boy.  And  now  I  was 
Craig's  murderer!  Above  the  anguish  at 
the  thought  I  remembered  something  I  had 
forgotten  for  a  long  time — that  when  I  was 
sent  to  Colfax,  Craig  loaned  me  $10.00,  to 
"start  on"  as  he  had  put  it.  I  had  neglected 
to  repay  it,  for  Feland's  bill  was  rather 
large  every  payday  and  other  expenses  ran 
high  in  the  social  circle  I  was  in.  How 
small  I  felt  myself  at  the  recollection  of 
the  debt! 

I  knew  what  it  woUld  mean  if  he  hit 
No.  "98."  That  was  the  fast  meat  train 
starting  each  night  from  a  great  packing 
house  center  at  the  other  end  of  the  divi- 
sion. It  made  passenger  time.  From  the 
starting  point  to  my  station  the  road  fol- 
lowed the  river,  a  course  of  cuts  and 
curves.    The  men  who  pulled  the  "98"  were 

not  mollycoddles.  A  man  who  knew  fear 
would  have  lasted  about  one  run.  They 
had  to  be  men  with  good,  red  blood  in  their 
veins — and  plenty  of  it — to  rattle  ahead  of 
forty  refrigerator  cars  around  the  bluffs 
and  curves  on  that  run.  They  made  the 
time,  but  in  doing  so  looked  Death  in  the 
face  and  bluffed  him  every  foot  of  the  way. 
And  I  had  put  Craig  and  his  big  passenger 
engine  against  the  two  moguls  on  one  of 
those  curves.  I  had  sent  him  to  eternity 
and  made  his  wife  a  widow  and  his  baby 
an  orphan. 

I  must  have  aged  twenty  years  in  ten 
minutes.  I  felt  the  hangman's  noose 
around  my  neck;  I  heard  the  boys  on  the 
road  mention  my  name  with  an  oath  and 
a  sneer ;  I  felt  the  sharp  cut  of  the  glances 
flashed  at  me  from  the  eyes  of  the  people 
who  had  been  my  friends — the  rough, 
kind-hearted  men  who  would  burst  noisily 
into  the  office  when  my  signal  stopped 
them  and  pass  a  joke  while  waiting  to  get 
"complete"  on  their  orders.  But,  worst  of 
all,  I  could  see  the  horror  of  the  look  in 
the  eyes  of  Craig's  wife,  when  she  learned 
that  the  man  her  husband  had  done  so  much 
for  had  sent  him  to  a  death  among  a  lot  of 
flying  steel  and  scalding  steam.  For  I  knew 
that  if  the  trains  went  together  he  would 
die  on  his  seat.  He  was  no  quitter;  the 
yellow  streak  had  been  left  out  when  he 
was  made.  He  would  stay  with  the  "553" 
as  long  as  there  was  a  chance  of  saving 
the  passengers  behind  him.  I  did  not  give 
a  thought  to  the  people  he  was  pulling. 
They  were  something  intangible,  unknown. 
I  had  not  the  fine  sense  of  obligation  due 
to  patrons  of  the  road  that  an  engineer  has. 

I  had  no  gun.  I  was  sorry  I  had  made 
it  a  practice  never  to  carry  one.  Death  by 
my  own  hand  was  preferable  to  the  agony 
I  was  suffering.  My  mind  went  over  the 
past  hard,  love-hungry  life.  Since  the 
time  I  had  left  the  orphan  asylum  I  had 
known  no  home;  enjoyed  none  of  the 
inside  pleasures  of  home  life  except  those 
few  weeks  at  Craig's.  All  the  pent-up  love 
of  a  homeless  boy  had  gone  out  to  Craig, 
his  wife  and  the  baby — and  the  baby  had 
been  very  demonstrative  in  returning  that 
love.  I  seemed  to  feel  his  soft  little  arms 
around  my  neck.    Ugh!    I  spat  in  disgust. 

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The  "Railroad  Telegrapher. 


I  was  a  brute ;  an  imbecile ;  a  thing  unclean. 
I  was  not  fit  to  be  eaten  by  buzzards.  To 
have  traded  the  love  of  even  a  dog  for  a 
bartender*s  appellation  of  "good  fellow" 
would  have  been  bad  enough,  but  to  trade 
the  love  of  a  child  for  such  a  name  was  a 
sacrilege.  The  baby  would  hate  my  name 
when  he  grew  up  to  realize  the  enormity  of 
the  crime  I  had  committed;  when  he  grew 
to  know  that  I  had  made  him  fatherless. 

Ten  minutes  more  of  such  thoughts 
would  have  driven  me  crazy.  I  have  been 
told  since  that  great  mental  anguish  will 
cause  brain  lesion  as  surely  as  will  a  blow 
on  the  head  with  an  iron  bar.  I  believe  it. 
But  I  saved  my  mind.  I  called  up  the  dis- 
patcher and  confessed: 

"Better  order  out  the  wrecker,"  I  told 
him.  "I've  been  asleep.  They've  met  by 
this  time  somewhere  up  the  river.  I'll  go 
for  Collins  or  the  day  man  and  get  one  of 
them  to  work  the  remainder  of  my  shift. 
And  Fll  be  here  when  you  send  the  officers 
of  the  law  for  me." 

"'Bust*  that  order,"  came  the  reply. 
"There  is  no  extra  *553.'  Craig  is  at  home, 
I  suppose.  If  you  had  been  older  we'd 
have  fired  you  some  time  ago,  but  I  wanted 
to  give  you  a  chance  to  straighten  up,  be- 
cause I  think  you  have  good  stuff  in  you. 
Cut  out  Feland's.  Do  that  or  get  off  the 
Voad.  You  can  give  *98'  a  clear  board; 
there's  nothing  against  her  tonight." 

"I  asked  Collins  to  stay  around,"  he 
added,  "and  to  turn  your  semaphore  white 
in  case  you  went  to  sleep.  I  think  this 
scare  will  be  a  lesson  to  you." 

Just  then  Collins  stepped  in.  I  had  my 
head  on  the  telegraph  desk  and  was  crying. 
The  reaction  had  been  too  great  for  me. 
He  said  nothing  and  went  out  again,  closing 
the  door  softly  behind  him. 

After  that  night  I  did  not  stop  at  Fe- 
land's saloon  on  my  way  to  work.  I  have 
seen  the  swinging  doors  of  many  a  saloon 
since  then,  but  always  from  the  outside. 
I'll  have  to  confess  that  I  cried  again  that 
night.  After  the  head  end  of  "98"  shot  by 
that  morning,  the  smokestacks  of  both 
engines  spitting  sparks  into  the  frosty  air, 
I  thought  of  the  cheery  greeting  I  had 
heard  yelled  from  both  cabs,  and  how  I 
might  have  sent  those  friends  of  mine  to 

death.  I  forgot  I  was  a  "good  fellow;"  a 
cog  in  the  wheel  of  a  great  railroad  system ; 
a  man.  I  went  into  the  office  and  cried  as 
a  two-year-old  does  after  mashing  his 

Some  two  years  or  more  after  that  night 
I  followed  Brown  up  to  a  better  position. 
But  long  before  promotion  came  I  had 
ceased  to  be  a  "good  fellow"  in  the  bar- 
tender's estimation.— By  Frank  Kava- 
NAUGH,  Moberly,  Mo. 


MY  uncle,  Nathan  Travers,  was  a 
rich  man  without  children  of  his 
own,  and  I  was  to  be  his  heir. 
He  was  a  man  who  never  forgave  an  in- 
jury. If  any  one  tried  to  get  an  unwar- 
ranted advantage  of  him  he  would  beat 
him,  if  possible,  and  in  any  event  would 
never  forgive  him.  He  lived  in  a  suburban 
town  alone  except  for  the  servants,  received 
no  company  and  never  went  out  socially. 
I  went  to  see  him  at  least  once  a  week, 
often  remaining  all  night. 

One  morning,  after  having  dined  with 
him  the  evening  before  and  remained  all 
night,  intending  to  take  an  early  train  to 
the  city,  I  went  into  his  room  to  bid  him 
goodby  and  was  shocked  to  find  him  dead 
in  his  bed.  He  had  been  stabbed  in  the 
heart.  I  was  about  to  call  the  servants 
when  it  occurred  to  me  that,  being  my 
uncle's  heir,  I  was  in  a  position  to  be  sus- 
pected of  his  murder. 

Would  it  be  better  for  me  to  be  before 
the  world  the  discoverer  of  my  uncle's 
having  been  killed  or  to  leave  the  house, 
pretending  not  to  know  anything  about  it? 
I  had  been  asked  the  night  before  by  a 
maid  if  I  would  have  breakfast  prepared 
for  me  and  had  said  that  I  would  breakfast 
in  the  city. 

If  I  went  out,  as  was  to  be  expected,  the 
servants  would  discover  and  announce  the 
murder.  I  gave  but  a  few  seconds  to 
deliberate  whether  I  should  leave  the  house 
thus  or  annoimce  the  murder,  then  decided 
on  the  former  course. 

On  my  way  to  the  city  I  was  much 
agitated  and  fearful  that  I  had  decided 
wrong.    It  turned  out  that  I  had.    A  maid 

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The  Railroad  Telegrapher. 

had  arisen  and  was  descending  from  the 
story  above  when  I  was  leaving  my  uncle's 
room.  She  saw  me,  and  later,  when  she 
went  to  awaken  her  master  and  found  him 
dead,  remembered  having  seen  me  leaving 
his  chamber.  The  result  was  that  when  I 
was  told  of  the  tragedy  and  looked  sur- 
prised and  shocked  I  was  at  once  arrested 
and  brought  to  trial. 

The  explanation  I  have  given  here  was 
without  any  effect  on  the  jury.  My  attor- 
ney only  relied  on  it  so  far  as  it  could  be 
corroborated  by  other  evidence.  He  intro- 
duced the  statements  of  those  who  knew 
my  uncle  and  who  swore  that  he  was  a 
man  having  many  enemies.  During  his 
long  life  several  persons  had  said  to  him: 
"You  shall  pay  for  this,"  or  "ril  have  your 
heart's  blood,"  or  "Just  you  wait."  My 
defender  took  the  ground  that  some  one  of 
these  persons  had  done  the  deed.  But  my 
unwise  action  on  discovering  my  uncle's 
dead  body  had  fixed  his  death  irrevocably 
on  me  unless  the  real  murderer  could  be 

I  was  convicted.  My  lawyer  resorted  to 
the  usual  methods  to  secure  delay,  and  my 
execution  was  put  off  from  time  to  time. 
Finally,  all  these  subterfuges  having  failed, 
a  day  was  set  for  my  death. 

Books  and  newspapers  were  allowed  me, 
but  I  could  read  only  the  latter.  One  day  I 
was  trying  to  keep  my  mind  off  my  horror 
by  reading  a  morning  journal  when  I  saw 
that  a  burglary  had  been  committed  and  the 
robber  had  been  arrested  with  the  plunder 
on  him. 

His  portrait  was  in  the  rogues'  gallery 
and  identified  him  as  Peter  Ritterhof,  with 
several  aliases.  He  had  but  recently  left 
state  prison,  having  been  sent  there  for  a 
robbery  committed  five  years  before. 

Ritterhof!  Where  had  I  heard  that 
name  ?  Some  Ritterhof  had  crossed  my 
path  at  some  time,  but  I  could  not  remem- 

ber when,  the  circumstances  or  the  person. 
The  memory  does  not  always  act  instantly. 
There  are  cases  wherein  it  requires  time. 
Presently  I  recalled  that  the  name  was  con- 
nected with  a  scene  in  court.  Then  the 
fact  came  to  me  that  my  uncle  had  once 
sent  a  workman  to  the  penitentiary  who 
had  been  engaged  in  his  house  and  whom 
he  accused  of  purloining  certain  valuables. 
Lastly,  Ritterhof  and  this  workman  became 
identical  in  my  mind. 

I  sent  for  my  attorney  at  once  and  told 
him  what  I  have  given  here.  Not  wishing 
to  excite  in  me  a  hope  that  might  be 
dashed,  he  went  away,  simply  saying  that 
he  would  make  a  thorough  investigation. 
In  time  he  returned,  saying  that  he  had 
examined  the  records  and  found  that  this 
Ritterhof  had  been  "sent  up"  exactly  ten 
years  and  ten  days  before  the  date  of  the 
murder  for  steaHng  articles  from  my 
uncle's  house. 

So  affected  was  I  by  the  announcement, 
which  I  considered  tantamount  to  a  re- 
prieve, that  I  toppled  over.  When  I  came 
to  myself  again  my  attorney  impressed 
upon  me  the  importance  of  fixing  the  mur- 
der upon  this  man  and  told  me  he  proposed 
to  do  it  by  the  process  called  third  degree. 

I  had  another  temporary  breakdown 
when  he  came  to  my  cell  the  next  day  and 
announced  that  he  had  secured  the  desirecf 
confession.  He  acquired  it  by  assuring 
Ritterhof  that  he  had  three  witnesses  ready 
to  swear  that  he  had  said  he  would  kill  the 
man  who  caused  his  imprisonment  and  had 
evidence  of  his  having  been  seen  leaving 
my  uncle's  house  during  the  night  of  the 

Within  a  few  days  I  walked  out  of  jail 
into  a  fortune.  But  I  never  entirely  re- 
covered from  the  narrow  escape  I  had  had 
and  never  hear  of  the  conviction  of  any  one 
for  a  first  crime  without  thinking  he  may 
be  innocent— By  Arthur  W.  Brewster,  in 
The  Iowa  Unionist. 

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The  New  Year. 

Here's  to  the  year  we  are  leaving  behind  us  I 
Here's  to  the  lessons  that  ought  to  remind  us 
Better  to  lire  in  the  year  that's  before  us. 
Less  to  bewail  o'er  the  fates  that  ignore  us! 
Here's  to  the  New  Year,  we  hopefully  meet  him : 
Warmly  acclaim  and  fraternally  greet  him; 
Bom  in  a  pause  of  the  midnight  he  rises. 
Over  the  clouds  of  our  doubts  and  surmises, 
Wnpt  in  the  dawn  of  a  new  dispensation — 
Here's  to  success  in  the  home  and  the  nation. 
— H.  D.  Steinghau. 

Be  What  Mother  Thinks  You  Are. 

Whilst  walking  down   a   crowded   city   street  the 

other  day, 
I  beard  a  little  urchin  to  a  comrade  turn  and  say: 
**Say,  Chimmcy,  lemme  tell  youse,  I'd  be  happy  as 

a  clam 
If  I  only  was  de  feller  dat  me  mudder  t'inks  I  am. 

"She  t'inks   I  am  a  wonder,  an'  she  knows  her 

little  lad 
Conld  never  mix  wit  nuttin'  dat  was  ugly,  mean 

or  bad. 
Ob.  lots  o'  times  I  sit  and  t'ink  how  nice  'twould 

be — gee  whiz  I — 
If  a  feller   was   de   feller  dat  his  mudder  t'inks 

he  is." 

My  friend,  be  yours  a  life  of  toil  or  undiluted  joy, 

You  stin  can  learn  a  lesson  from  this  small  un- 
lettered boy. 

Don't  aim  to  be  an  earthly  saint  with  eyes  fixed 
on  the  stars; 

Just  try  to  be  the  "fellow  that  your  mother  thinks 
you  are." 

Child  Laborers. 

**Ltt  them  not  drop  within  the  house  of  toil. 
The  little  children!     Make  them  to  go  free. 
Give  them  their  heritage  of  sun  and  soil. 
Kinship  with  rating  wind  tnd  cloud  and  sea. 

"They  are  too  frail,  too  glad,  to  learn  of  pain. 
Their  eyes  have  not  forgot,  for  all  the  gray 
Of  kaden  hours,  the  sky's  star-blossomed  plain. 
Give  them  again  the  wealth  of  idle  day!" 

So  do  we  speak,  wise  in  our  years,  yet  slow. 
As  they,  to   lift  the  age-worn,  bitter  weight 

We  tml  beneath  in  heart  and  body  throe, 
Oorsehres  but  children  with  a  task  too  great. 

Help  us,  then.  Father,  shape  the  work  aright, 

ChUd  laborers  we,  blind  in  the  dawnless  night. 

— Survey. 

Ideal  Union  Member. 

Don't  bring  into  the  union  room 

Anger  and  spite  and  pride. 
Drop  at  the  gate  of  the  temple 

The  strife  of  the  world  outside. 

Forget  every  foolish  trouble. 

Forget  all  your  cares  and  sorrow. 

And  remember  the  cause  you  m'^t  for. 
And  haste  you  the  glad  tomorrow. 

Bring  your  hearts  into  the  union  room. 

But  leave  yourself  outside — 
That   is,   your   personal   feelings. 

Ambition,  vanity,  pride. 

Center  each  thought  and  power 

On  the  cause  for  which  you  assemble, 

Fetter  the  demon  envy. 
And  make  ye  his  cohorts  tremble. 

Aye,  to  fetter  and  to  chain  him 
And  to  cast  him  under  our  feet. 

That  is  the  end  to  aim'  at — 
An  object  for  which  we  meet 

Then  don't  bring  into  the  union  room 

Envy  or  strife  or  pride. 
Or  aught  that  will  mar  our  union. 

But  leave  them  all  outside. 

— Ella  Wheeler  Wilcox, 

The  Ordinary  Man. 

He's  an  ordinary  person 

You  can  see  on  any  day. 
Who  treads  the  path  of  life  in  just 

An  ordinary  way; 
An  unobtrusive  unit 

In  an  ordinary  town. 
Who's  labeled  at  the  office        • 

As  a  Smith,  perhaps,  or  Brown. 

But  follow  him  one  evening. 

As  an  undiscovered  guest. 
To  a  small  suburban  villa 

That  the  fellow  calls  his  "nest." 
Then  comes  a  metamorphosis — 

Explain  it  if  you  can — 
But  Smith  (or  Brown)  becomes  a  most 

Extraordinary  man. 

A  little  king  whose  presence  makes 

A  little  kingdom  glad; 
Was  ever  there,  to  those  cbncerned, 

A  greater  man  than  "Dad?" 
So  ye   who   hitherto   despised 

Proceed  to  make  amends. 
For  'tis  on  people  such  as  this 

The  very  world  depends. 

— ANSWsms. 

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The  Railroad  Telegrapher. 

The  Garret  of  the  Years. 

IVe    packed    my    troubles    out    of    sight — all    idle 

hopes  and   fears, 
High   in   the   shadowy   stillness   of   the   garret   of 

the  years. 
The  ghosts  of  griefs  of  other  days — old  time-worn 

sorrows  gray. 
And  the  heart's  doors  are  open  wide  and  joy  has 

come  to  stay. 

I  pass  from  all  the  shadows  of  the  long-enduring 

I  meet  the  Morning  on  the  hills — a  brother  to  its 

What  gain  have  I  for  all  the  years  where  weep- 
ing Memory  dwells? 

The  New  Year  day  shall  greet  me  with  the  song 
of  all  the  beUs? 

The    dreams   that    come    a-sighing,    with    not    one 

cheering  gleam. 
Within    the    dusty    silence    they    shall    dream    out 

their  dream; 
Life  is  too  sweet  for  sorrow — too  wondrous-bright 

for  tears; 
I  leave  them  to  the  shadows  of  the  garret  of  the 

— Frank  L.  Stanton,  in  Atlanta  Constitution. 

O,    Wire,    Winging    Words    Around    the 

O,  wire,  winging  words  around  the  world 
In  measured  tappings  like  the  ticks  of  time. 

Though  time  and  space  to  insignificance  hurled, 
Spirit-sped  they   ride   through   every   dim*: 

From  torrid  tropic  to  the  frigid  north 

The  endless  message  ever  hastening  forth. 

Glad  wire,  with  a  heart  of  thistledown. 
Some  spirit  o'er  thy  path  on  rosy  wings. 

Harp-laden  with  morning  song  and  laughter  strewn 
Attunes  thee  to  her  tanging  joy-mad  strings 

So  sweetly,  one  might  haste  to  greet  the  spring: 

Such  joyance  in  the  tidings  doth  she  bring  1 

Wan  wire  of  despair,  across  thy  course 

A  veiled  figure  flits  with  hand  outstretched, 

As  groping  down  thy  path  with  guided  force 
She    hastes   to    make   some   human    heart   more 
wretched ; 

And  dying  fear,  for  hope  almost  fled, 

Falls  at  her  feet,  low  gasping:  "She  is  dead!" 

Haste,  singing  spirit  and  coldly  groping  forms! 

One  comes  to  you  and  one  must  come  to  me, 
Which  e'er  it  is  we'll  make  the  welcome  warm, 

For  all  that  passes  is  ordained  to  be. 
And  man  must  bear  the  bitter  with  the  sweet 
Ere  he  can  turn  to  heaven  his  tryst  complete. 

O,  wizard  wire,  wire   of  life  and  death, 
Weavcd    by    the    counciled    Fate'ii   own    fearful 
hand.  *• 

How  anxiously  we  wait  with  bated  breath 

To  catch  each  accent  from  thy  calm  command': 
Thou  wonder- wrought  to  speed  the  speech  of  man 
By   instant  tappings  through  the  silent  span! 
EwYN  Bruce  MacKinnon. 

The  Bank  of  the  Ready  Smile. 

There's  a  bank  whose  issue  is  good  wherever 

The  sun  in  radiance  reigns; 
Whose  payments,  be  sure,  are  suspended  never. 

Whose  strength  no  pa^ic  strains. 
A   steadfast   reliance,  this  stronghold  of  treasure, 

Worth  any  golden  while. 
It  lends  of  its  wealth  without  stint,  without  meas- 

The  Bank  of  the  Ready  Smile. 

Why  borrow  where  all  that's  to  loan  is  trouble? 

Why  discount  days  in  despair? 
Why  let  your  grief  draw  interest  and  double. 

At  usury  rates  unfair? 
Let  not  the  evil  more  evil  be  earning. 

Under  despondency's  guile — ■ 
Keep  books  with  the  house  of  the  cheerful  return- 

The  Bank  of  the  Ready  Smile. 

If  to  protest  your  promises  seem  to  be  going, 

Don't  push  them  along; 
Seek  the  security  sure  to  be  showing 

Where  courage  is  strong. 
Vanishing  balances  may  be  but  seeming — 

Fruit  of  discouragement's  wile. 
Cash  in  your  gloom,  they'll  change  it  to  beaming — 

The  Bank  of  the  Ready  Smile. 

Dollars  may  be  of  the  sorriest  vintage. 

Squeezed  from  grapes  of  toil; 
Dollars  piled  fresh  from  the  gambler's  mintage 

Still  may  burn  and  soil. 
Wealth  that  Hope  from  its  deep  heart  offers. 

And  nothing  may  defile. 
Blesses  in  grateful,  glowing  coffers 

The  Bank  of  the  Ready  Smile. 

^New  York  World, 

Pipe  Dreams. 

He  had  a  wondrous  castle  in  some  fairy  realm  of 

lu  marble   halls   of   splendor   hung   with    trophies 

rare  of  gold. 
He  reveled  in  the  beauty  of  its  changing  tint  and 

Until  he  let  his   pipe   go   out  and  found  it  all    a 


He  owned  a  yacht  and  sailed  the  seas  for  islands 

of  the  West, 
Where   strains   of   silvery   music   lulled   his    weary 

soul  to  rest« 
Upon  a  bed  of  roses  fair  that  bloomed  beside   a 

stream ; 
And  then  he  let  his  pipe  go  out  and  found  it  just 

a  dream. 

His   board   and   room   rent   were   paid   up   for  ten 

years  in  advance^ 
His  landlord  passed  him  with  a  word  of  cheer  and 

kindly  gl^ce; 
But  suddenly  his  blissful  joys  were  quickly  put  to 

For  when  he  tried  to  fill  his  pipe,  his  smoking  had 

run  out! 

— By  Georgb  B.  Staff. 

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Or  Grape  Fruit. 

Customer — What  have  you  in  the  shape 
of  oranges  ? 
Grocer — Well,  we  have  baseballs. 

Nice  Present. 

Groom  (looking  over  the  preseqjs) — Did 
Mrs.  Grumpus  give  us  anything? 

Bride — Oh,  yes!  She  has  given  us  just 
six  months  to  live  together. — Qiicago  News. 

Presence  of  Mind. 

"I've  lost  control  of  the  car.  I'm  afraid 
we're  going  to  hit  something." 

"Weil,  if  we've  got  to  hit  something,  let's 
hit  something  cheap." 

So  they  ran  into  a  convenient  ten-cent 

Sweet  Nothings. 

Miss  Summit — I  must  answer  his  letter, 
and  I  want  to  write  something  that  doesn't 
mean  anything. 

Miss  Palisade — Why  don't  you  tell  him 
you  love  him? — Puck. 


"Writing  to  Charlie?" 

"I  thought  he  was  engaged  to  Helen?" 
"He   writes   to  tell   me   that  Helen  has 
thrown    him    overboard,    so    I'm    dropping 
.  him  a  line." 

A  Sense  Short. 

"How  wonderful  it  is,"  said  ChoUy,  orig- 
inally, "how  dogs  know  things.  Now, 
there's  Fido.  I  often  wonder  if  he  doesn't 
have  some  sort  of  telegraphy,  don't  you 
know.  Don't  you  believe  he  has  a  sixth 
sense — a  sense  that  I  don't  possess  ?" 

"Yes,"  responded  Miss  Cutter,  promptly. 
**Common  sense,  I  believe  it  is  called." 

The  Last  Cavity. 

"You  claim  he's  a  true  friend  of  yours, 
and  yet  you  say  he  wouldn't  hesitate  to 
put  you  in  a  hole?" 

"I  do." 

"Don't  see  how  you  figure  that  out." 

"Easy  enough.  He's  an  undertaker." — 
San  Francisco  Chronicle. 

l-le  Knew. 

Employer  (to  clerk) — Why  is  it  that, 
whenever  I  come  in,  I  never  find  you  at 

Qerk — Because  you  wear  rubber  heels, 
sir. — Railroad  Reporter  and  Traveler^ 

His  Retort. 

Lady  Tourist — They  say  the  atmosphere 
around  here  is  thick  with  romance;  is  that 

Three-finger  Pete — I  hain't  seen  none, 
mum;  but  I  know  it  is  so  dern  thick  with 
mosquitoes  you  can't  sleep  nights. 


Father  (sternly) — What  is  this  I  hear 
about  you  gambling? 

Son  (hastily) — I  admit  I  play  cards, 
father,  but  it  is  only  for  small  stakes. 

Father — Oh,  as  long  as  it  is  for  some- 
thing to  eat  I  don't  mind.  But  don't  let  me 
hear  of  you  playing  for  money. 

No  Place  for  Poets. 

"Didn't  Oliver  Goldsmith  once  live  here  ?" 
asked  the  tourist. 

"I  don't  remember  the  name,"  said  the 
janitor.    "Who  was  the  gent?" 

"He  was  a  poet." 

"Then  it's  hardly  likely  that  he  ever  lived 
here,  sir.  We  always  demand  the  rent  in 

uigitizea  by  ^ 



The  Railrq^  Telegrapher. 

The  Way  of  the  Law. 

Prisoner — It's  hard  to  charge  me  with 
forgery.    I  can't  even  sign  my  own  name. 

Magistrate — That  point  is  immaterial. 
It's  another  man's  name  you're  accused  of 

Easily  Apcounted  For. 

Tommy — Papa,  a  river  is  fed  by  small 
streams,  isn't  it? 

Papa — Yes,  my  son. 

Tommy — Then  I  s'pose  that  is  what 
makes  its  mouth  water. — Chicago  Daily 


Three  clothing  stores  in  a  Kansas  town 
are  on  the  same  block.  One  morning  the 
middle  proprietor  saw  to  the  right  of  him 
a  big  sign,  "Bankrupt  Sale,"  and  to  the  left, 
"Closing  Out  at  Cost."  Twenty  minutes 
later  there  appeared  over  his  own  door  in 
large  letters :    "Main  Entrance." 

Thoughtless  Expression. 

"You  say  in  this  story,"  commented  the 
copy  reader,  "that  the  heroine  buried  her 
face  in  her  hands." 

"Well,"  asked  the  story  writer,  "isn't  that 
all  right?" 

"No.  You  can't  have  an  ideal  heroine 
with  such  large  hands  as  that."— Washing- 
ton Star, 

Ole's  Reply. 

Ole  had  been  discharged  by  the  foreman 
of  the  section  gang,  and  when  he  was 
handed  his  pay  envelope  asked  for  a  pass 
to  Chicago.  The  railroad  official  thought 
to  humiliate  him  and  said: 

"Now,  supposing,  Ole,  that  you  were 
working  for  a  farmer  and  he  fired  you, 
don't  you  think  you  would  have  a  great 
deal  of  nerve  to  ask  the  farmer  to  hitch  up 
a  team  and  take  you  to  town  after  you  had 
been  discharged?" 

"Well,"  said  Ole,  "perhaps  so;  but  if  he 
had  his  team  already  hitched  up  and  was 
going  to  town  anyway,  I  would  think  he 
was  pretty  mean  if  he  didn't  let  me  ride." 

Ole  got  the  pass. 

Just  a  Joke,  Girls. 

The  late  Timothy  Woodruff  once  at- 
tended an  alumni  dinner  in  New  York — the 
dinner  of  a  coed  college — and  at  this  din- 
ner, in  the  course  of  a  toast,  the  president 
of  the  college  said: 

"You  can  always  tell  a  woman  who  has 
taken  a  university  degree." 

"Tell  her!"  Mr.  Woodruff  interrupted. 
"What  can  you  tell  her?  You  can't  tell  her 
anything.    She  knows  it  all." 

The  Way  It  Was. 

It  was  a  cold  day  in  December,  and  the 
superintendent  of  a  charitable  institution 
was  examining  a  number  of  poor  children 
as  to  their  claims  for  more  comfortable 
clothing.  Margaret  was  under  examination. 
She  was  pinned  up  quite  securely  in  a  thin 

"Have  you  any  clothes  at  home  ?"  she  was 
asked  kindly. 

"No  'm." 

"What  have  you  got  on?" 

"Please,  this  is  my  aunt's  shawl,  an'  me 
dress  is  next,  an*  then  comes  I." — Every- 
body's Magazine. 

Printers  Are  Philosophers. 

A  story  that  has  running  through  it  a 
vein  of  humor  is  to  the  effect  that  in  the 
old  days  of  hand  composition  a  printer 
from  New  York,  known  as  Pilgrim  Haslctt, 
wandered  into  a  Pennsylvania  town  and 
asked  the  editor  of  a  weekly  paper  for  a 

"Well,"  said  the  editor,  "I  can  put  you 
to  work,  but  I  am  afraid  I  can  not  pay 
you  much  money." 

"Make  me  an  offer,"  said  Pilgrim. 

"All  right,  I  can  give  you  two  meals  a 
day  at  my  house,  you  can  sleep  in  the  office 
on  this  lounge,  and  I'll  take  caire  of  your 
laundry.  Then  if  you  need  tobacco,  get  it 
across  the  street  at  the  grocery;  they  run 
an  accotmt  with  us,  and  up  at  the  brewery 
you  can  get  a  can  of  beer  whenever  you 
like.    Besides,  I  will  pay  you  $4.00  a  week." 

"Gosh,"  said  Pilgrim,  after  repeating 
the  offer  to  get  it  straight  in  his  mind,  "if 
I  get  all  that  what  do  I  want  with  the 
$4.00?"— ^w^nVon  Federationist, 

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THE  recent  figures  for  national  ex- 
penses in  the  present  economic  or 
financial  year,  are  as  follows :  One 
hundred  and  eighty  million  dollars  for  what 
we  call  the  civil  establishment  That  covers 
all  administration  government  expenses, 
besides  usual  internal  improvements  for 
harbors,  rivers  and  public  buildings.  On 
top  of  that  we  expend  about  $520,000,000 
for  army,  navy,  pensions,  interest  on 
national  debt  and  $21,000,000  for  the  Indian 
service.  The  last  sum  would  not  need  to 
exist  if  we  saw  fit  to  give  to  the  Indians 
the  natural  right  to  own  land  and  be  citi- 
zens like  the  rest  of  us.  What  now  about 
the  army  and  navy,  which  take  over  $300,- 
000,000  per  annum?  And  what  about  an- 
nual pensions,  $175,000,000?  And  what 
about  $22,000,000  for  interest  on  national 
debt?  A  normal  progress  would  not  need 
any  of  those  $520,000,000  destructive  ex- 
penses per  annum.  To  be  sure,  we  can  not 
have  a  fully  normal  nation  as  long  as  all 
the  others  are  sickly,  abnormal.  All  the 
same  we  could  be  much  less  abnormal  than 
any  other  nation. 

Several  decades  ago,  when  our  pensions 
were  about  $30,000,000,  two  of  our  Presi- 
dents— Garfield  and  General  Grant — as- 
serted the  rationale  that  pensions  should 
commence  to  decrease.  It  follows  that  to- 
day the  pensioners  for  a  war  fought  about 
sixty  years  ago,  should  not  be  over,  say, 
$12,000,000,  in  lieu  of  $175,000,000.  We  are 
then  paying  $163,000,000  more  than  we 
should.  Is  that  very  flattering  to  our 
national  sense  of  justice  to  those  who  pro- 
duce all  wealth?  Because  all  taxation 
comes  from  our  plain  people.  We,  the 
comfortable  and  wealthy,  are  but  tax  col- 
kaors  from  the  working  multitudes,  in 
whichever  form  we  may  outwardly  pay 
any  taxes.    If  anybody  has  any  doubts  on 

the  subject,  we  shall  prove  our  assertion. 
It  would  take  too  much  space  for  us  to  do 
it  now.  Then,  we  think  that  very  few  sen- 
sible men  can  entertain  any  doubts  about 
the  economic  assertion  we  have  proclaimed. 
All  tax^,  under  past  and  present  tax 
methods,  come  from  the  wealth  producers. 

Yes,  it  is  the  grand  totality  of  the  bottom 
and  finished  workers  who  furnish  all  pen- 
sions, all  charities,  all  forms  of  taxation, 
national  and  local.  On  top  of  that,  the 
same  workers  furnish  all  wealth,  in  the 
shape  of  private  taxation,  through  which 
some  of  us  manage  to  live  in  plenty. 

The  need  of  pensions,  charities  and  the 
taxation  which  provides  for  all  foolish  ex- 
penses such  as  armies,  navies,  interest  on 
public  debts,  national  or  local,  etc — ^they 
all  prove  that  today  more  than  ever  we 
are  submerged  into  a  disgraceful  progress, 
a  progress  of  despair. 

Under  sensible  social  conditions  each 
family  group  or  isolated  individual  would 
find  the  opportunities  needed  for  a  sound, 
comfortable  income,  in  relation  to  services 
rendered.  Our  beloved  King  Monopoly 
makes  such  opportunities  limited.  Hence 
that  struggle  for  mere  animal  existence 
among  the  many.  That  evolves  a  clumsy 
mentality,  unable  to  stand  by  the  truth  in 
the  social  order  of  every  nation. 

When  we  try  to  take  in  the  whole  status 
of  modern  life,  we  then  fihd  that  the  mere 
animal  struggle  for  existence,  with  the  bot- 
tom and  finished  workers  as  wealth  pro- 
ducers, is  but  one  of  the  wheels  of  our 
modern  complications.  The  other  wheel  is 
the  struggle  for  mental  peace,  or  that  of 
freedom  from  constant  anxieties.  That 
catches  practically  all  of  us  on  the  top  of 
the  social  ladder.  And  what  is  life  when 
saturated  with  fears  about  the  tomorrow, 
or  next  year,  or  next  decade,  for  that 
matter?   All   generations    have   had    some 

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touches  of  that  mental  malaria,  so  to  speak, 
but  today  that  malaria  seems  to  be  in- 
tense with  almost  everybody.  Life  has  no 
real,  positive  value,  without  mental  peace. 
The  fever  heat  of  our  days  is  deplorable. 
The  tomorrow  is  a  sword  of  Damocles  for 
almost  everybody  who  has  any  brains  left. 
And  in  this  nation,  so  blessed  for  healthy 
potentialities  within  reach  of  everybody  in 
this  nation,  we  are  face  to  face  with  calami- 
ties such  as  many  other  nations  don't  seem 
to  be  exposed  to  or  in  danger  of. 

There  is  a  science  in  real  reform  move- 
ments as  there  is  in  everything,  and  we  still 
wish  to  reform  ourselves  in  forms  crooked 
and  empirical.  One  of  the  most  important 
facts  we  decline  to  properly  consider  is  that 
of  a  constant  rise  in  prices,  more  or  less 
rapid,  through  all  histoi;ical  development. 
Occasional  drops  in  some  articles,  for  a 
while,  have  of  course  taken  place.  That 
has  not  materially  interfered  with  the  up- 
ward tendency  taken  as  a  whole.  Nor  have 
we  tried  to  notice  the  two  elements,  in  all 
prices,  one  representing  labor  cost,  and  the 
other  embodying  increased  monopoly  earn- 
ings. We  have  simply  looked  at  the  money 
price,  regardless '  of  qualities  and  quantities 
of  the  real  wealth  produced,  that  to  be  con- 
nected with  increased  needs  of  the  sanitary 
kind.    The  artificial  needs  fail  to  represent 

"sound  progress."  They  imply  "retrogres- 
sive progress." 

Taken  as  a  whole,  the  rise  in  prices,  cen- 
tury after  century,  has  meant  that  a  larger 
share  of  wealth  produced  has  been  taken 
from  the  labor  fund  into  the  monopoly 

The  mere  beginning  of  a  sound  progress 
would  rapidly  or  slowly  stop  all  rising 
prices.  That  would  simply  indicate  the 
slow  or  rapid  suppression  of  monopoly 
earnings.  A  slow  drop  in  prices  would 
soon  follow.  That  would  mean  increased 
production,  and  hence  increased  comfort 
with  tho  plain  multitudes.  Can  you,  ladies 
and  gentlemen,  logically  disprove  the  pre- 
ceding assertions?  Opposite  causes  are 
bound  to  produce  opposite  results.  Any 
additional  drop  in  prices  would  simply 
mean  that  the  workers,  under  industrial 
freedom,  were  constantly  increasing  pro- 
duction through  greater  efficiency  and  less 
labor  per  day.  A  healthy  progress  would 
soon  suppress  all  the  unsanitary  and  foolish 
production  of  today.  That  would  increase 
all  production  of  the  sanitary  kind.  We 
can  only  see  the  logic  of  the  preceding 
thoughts  through  brain  work  of  the  honest 
kind.  But  who  has  time  for  such  work  in 
our  days  of  excitements,  foolish  ambitions 
and  selfish  ideals?  Jose  Gros. 

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on  or  before  the  28th  day  of  the  month  in  order  to  insure  its  use  in  the  following  issue. 

New  Haven,  Conn.,  Div.  No.  29. 

The  twelfth  annual  ball  of  this  division  will  be 
held  at  Harmonie  Hall,  New  Haven,  Wednesday 
evening,  January  28,  1914.  Bro.  Piatt's  orchestra 
of  Clinton  has  been  engaged  to  furnish  music  and 
the  committee  in  charge  will  leave  no  stone  un- 
tamed to  make  this  affair  even  better  than  any 
jct,  and  that  will  be  going  some. 

A  souvenir  booklet  will  be  published  containing  a 
history  of  Div.  29  from  its  inception  up  to  the 
present  date.  The  tickets  are  50  cents  each  and 
every  brother  should  take  at  least  one,  and  if 
possible* be  on  hand  and  help  to  make  the  ball  a 
success  and  at  the  same  time  do  yourself  a  favor. 

Many  questions  were  argued  pro  and  con  at  the 
December  meeting.     The  brothers  who  do  not  at- 
tend are  missing  all  these  interesting  arguments. 
Hope  to  see  you  at  the  ball. 
In  Harmonie  Hall. 
Come  ong,  come  all. 

H'^strrn  Div.  and  C.  N,  E.   (Danbury  Div.)— 

Bro.  Tarbox,  of  Sandy  Hook,  on  thirty-day  va- 
cation recently,  relieved  by  Bro.  Shoop.  Bro. 
Hegerman,  second  Sandy  Hook,  called  home  on 
account  of  illness  in  the  family. 

Bro.  Bigley,  twelve-hour  man  Southbury,  was 
called  to  his  home  in  Pennsylvania  on  account  of 
illness  of  his  sister.  Bro.  Bigley  is  an  expert 
photographer  and  as  most  of  his  subjects  are  young 
Ladies,  he  was  missed  while  away.  Bro.  "Jim" 
Wabh,  agent  Oxford,  Bro.  Bigley*s  keenest  rival, 
who  attended  the  last  danee  at  Quaker  Farms  near 
Oxford,  is  an  exponent  of  all  the  latest  steps 
and  is  therefore  very  popular  at  all  the  dances. 

One  brother  was  very  generous  with  notes  this 
month  and  wish  a  few  more  would  do  likewise. 
These  write-ups  are  looked  for  by  many  of  the 
brothers  and  keenly  missed  when  they  do  not 
appear.  Little  affairs  of  seemingly  little  conse- 
quence to  us  are  interesting  to  some  of  the  brothers 
who  are  scattered  throughout  the  country  and 
mho  are  interested  in  their  old  love,  the  New 
Haven  or  C  N.  E. 

Bro.  John  Mills,  agent  Derby,  wears  a  glad 
«inile  these  days;  a  dear  friend  whom  he  thought 
had  forgotten  him,  gladdened  his  aching  heart  with 
a  post  card.  Even  a  poor  little  post  card  can  be 
a  messenger  of  joy. 

Bro.  Bosvert,  of  Highland  Junction,  Waterbury, 
fen  on  the  rail  while  lighting  a  signal  lamp  that 
had  blown  out,  and  fractured  a  rib.  We  hope  he 
win  toon  be  able  to  be  around  again. 

Bro.  Ross,  general  chairman,  and  Bro.  Dowd, 
local  chairman,  who  were  'out  on  the  east  end 
a  few  days  during  December  studying  up  matters 
pertaining  to  committee  work,  will  by  degrees 
cover  the  whole  line. 

Bro.  Wolcott  ("NE,"  "JC").  Waterbury,  who 
was  operated  on  at  St.  Mary's  Hospital  there  for 
appendicitis,  is  fast  recovering  and  desires  to 
thank  all  those  who  so  kindly  remembered  him 
during  his  trouble. 

Freight  business  is  slack  for  this  time  of  year; 
many  engineers  have  been  set  back  and  the  out- 
look is  not  very  bright  for  a  brisk  winter. 

Derby  station,  erected  in  1903,  at  a  cost  of 
$15,000,  was  almost  totally  destroyed  by  fire, 
origin  unknown,  early  Wednesday  morning,  De- 
cember 17th. 

Mill  Plain  station  has  been  located  permanently 
a  short  distance  west  of  the  old  site,  and  work  is 
progressing  rapidly  in  the  abolition  of  the  grade 
crossing  at  that  point.  A  union  station  is  also 
to  be  erected  at  Towners,  between  the  C.  N.  E. 
and  N.  Y.  C.  tracks. 

The  New  York  Times  of  Sunday,  December  21st, 
contained  a  very  interesting  article  on  the  use  of 
wireless  on  the  D.  L.  &  W.'s  Lackawanna  Limited. 
It  would  seem  as  if  this  would  be  adopted  by  all 
the  roads  in  the  future. 

The  Naugy  and  Highland  Division  wires  have 
been  consolidated  by  means  of  repeater  at  "JC," 
and  one  dispatcher  there  handles  both  divisions 
now,  doing  away  with  a  dispatcher,  but  on  account 
of  the  new  position  of  assistant  chief  dispatcher, 
to  which  Dispatcher  Fuller  has  been  appointed, 
no  one  is  out  of  employment.  The  split  trick 
position,  2  p.  m.  to  10  p.  ra.,  has  been  abolished 
at  "JC,"  and  Bro.  Bessette  is  out  of  a  job. 

Bro.  Brink  has  been  on  the  sheet  at  "JC"  all 
summer  relieving  the  different  dispatchers  during 
their  vacations  and  when  they  covered  the  road, 
and  is  next  in  line  for  a  regular  trick  dispatching. 

Bro.  E.  R.  Wheaton  was  a  recent  Danbury 

Mr.  Doolin,  at  "JC,"  is  covering  the  different 
tricks  in  that  office.  We  should  see  that  he  gets 
into  the  fold  again. 

Bro.  Bigely,  Southbury,  was  relieved  by  Bro. 
Odium  for  about  a  week,  who  later  went  to  Brook- 
field  agency  pending  bids. 

Bro.  Brewer,  at  "SY,"  has  a  large  rabbit  cat 
with  kittens  to  help  to  keep  the  work  up  to  date 
there.  Any  of  the  brothers  who  want  to  clear 
their  freight  house  of  rats,  call  on  Bro.  Brewer 
for  a  kitten. 

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Bro.  Flynn,  at  Towantic,  recently  called  in  to 
Watcrbury  with  a  few  of  the  brothers  from  the 
east  end  and  examined  on  the  book  of  rules, 
passed  with  honors.  Brothers  who  have  not  been 
examined  yet  should  brush  up,  as  they  will  pass 
them  all  to  a  man. 

Bro.  Cranwell,  Towantic  second,  was  quite  suc- 
cessful on  a  recent  wild  duck  hunt  in  that  terri- 

Bro.  Jones,  at  Allerton  Farms,  took  out  several 
of  the  brothers  recently  on  a  night  hunt  with  his 
dog,  and  bagged  several  rabbits. 

Bros.  Gordon  and  Bessette,  of  Watrt-bury,  en- 
joyed a  good  hunt  with  Bro.  Tarbox  during  his 
vacation,  securing  a  good  variety  of  game.  Bro. 
Tarbox  has  a  thorough  knowledge  of  the  "Wilds 
of  Sandy  Hook,"  besides  being  a  good  shot. 

Bro.  Frank  Wheaton  bid  in  Ansonia  second; 
this  brings  him  near  home. 

Bro.  Wells,  at  Bank  St.  Jet.  tower,  who  was 
recently  married,  relieved  Bro.  Walsh,  at  Win- 
sted,  on  vacation. 

Bro.  Dowd,  who  covered  the  car  distributor's 
position  while  Bro.  Fallon  was  on  vacation,  also 
relieved  the  crew  dispatcher  a  few  weeks,  and  is 
now  back  on  his  third  "GY,"  slinging  levers. 

Bro.  Flaherty  and  Fallon  and  Brink,  of  Nauga- 
tuck  and  Waterbury,  respectively,  have  returned 
from  an  enjoyable  trip  "out  west.'* 

Bro.  Mayer  bid  in  Union  City  and  is  now  with 
Bro.  Harmon  there.  He  relieved  at  "GY"  while 
Bros.  Dowd  and  Wells  were  away. 

Mr.  Leroux,  a  new  man  from  the  C.  V.  Ry., 
who  relieved  Bro.  Shea,  at  Oxford,  a  few  days, 
will  soon  be  in  the  fold. 

Bro.  Van  Dusen,  New  Milford,  landed  first  in 
his  home  town. 

Bro.  Goulct,  of  Pittsfield  freight  house,  "FH," 
who  bid  in  the  job  "for  the  summer,"  has  decided 
to  winter  there.     We  understand  there's  a  reason. 

New  Haven  Div.  No.  29  wishes  all  of  you  a 
bright  and  prosperous  New  Year. 

T.  A.  Allen,  D.  C. 

N.  Y..  N.  H.  &  H.  R.  R.s  Midland  Division— 

Let  every  one  of  us  put  our  shoulder  to  the 
wheel  of  progress,  and  do  our  part  towards  mak- 
ing this  division  solid  in  the  year  1914,  and  im- 
press on  its  members  the  importance  of  always 
being  active  and  up  to  date.  Two  or  three  teleg- 
raphers never  get  together  but  they  always  point 
out  how  mtfch  men  in  other  branches  of  the  service 
get  in  wages  and  conditions.  H  we  will  apply  the 
same  methods  we  can  not  fail  to  get  the  same 

Bro.  Bob  Johnston,  ticket  agent  Manchester,  has 
returned  from  his  Southern  trip  and  resumed  his 
former  duties. 

"The-Axe-Train"  is  going  over  the  road  and 
there  is  a  possibility  that  many  of  the  offices  will 
be  closed  one  trick,  or  more,  in  order  that  the 
company  may  economize  as  much  as  possible  dur- 
ing this  present  ^depression  in  business.  Cheer  up, 
brothers,  it  won't  last  long,  for  we  arc  all  con- 
vinced that  "The  New  Haven"  is  the  very  best 
piece  of  railroad  property  in  this  country. 

Rumor  has  it  that  telephones  are  to  be  installed 
from  New  Haven  to  Springfield.  If  they  will  be 
an  improvement  we  will  gladly  welcome  them  and 
continue  to  give  the  best  service  to  the  dispatchers. 

Donovan,  Buckley,  Green  and  Derosiers  are  to 
fill  out  their  applications  for  the  January  meeting. 
That  will  fix  up  this  end  of  the  line  in  pretty  good 
shape.  Vermilyea,  Emery  and  Curry  might  make 
a  "mental  note"  of  this  and  see  if  it  means  any- 

Sister  Alice  Johnston  bid  in  second  Jewett  City. 

The  local  chairman  will  be  glad  to  hear  from  you 
at  any  time,  and  have  any^  infractions  of  the 
schedule  called  to  his  attention. 

Bro.  Brown,  first  East  Hartford  Yard,  has  our 
^  sympathy.  He  was  called  to  his  home  town  in 
Pennsylvania  on  December  2d  on  account  of  the 
death  of  his  mother. 

How  many  of  us  are  going  to  pay  our  dues 
before  the  sixty-day  limit  is  up.  If  we  would  only 
realize  our  responsibility  to  our  beneficiary  there 
would  not  be  a  single  one  of  us  behind  on  March 
1st.     Pay  up.^ 

On  Saturday,  December  13th,  Bro.  O.  H.  Coomes, 
of  East  Longmeadow,  passed  on  to  his  final  re- 
ward. Bros.  Belden,  Malstrom  and  Leete  attended 
his  funeral.  Bro.  Coomes  and  his  father  hold  the 
peculiar  honor  of  being  the  only  agents  at  this 
station  since  the  road  was  opened  in  1877.  Al- 
though a  member  only  a  little  over  three  years  he 
has  been  a  faithful  one  and  now  his  family  will 
reap  the  benefit  of  his  loyalty.  His  sterling  char- 
acter and  sincerity  of  purpose  should  be  a  lesson 
to  us  all. 

Mr.  Keach,  of  Buckland,  who  has  had  a  raise 
of  over  $2.50  a  week,  is  not  willing  to  contribute 
the  small  amount  necessary  to  provide  himself  with 
the  protection  an  up-to-date  card  would  afford  him. 

We  should  see  that  the  men  on  the  Midland 
holding  cards  in  other  divisions  not  represented 
by  our  general  committee,  arc  transferred  to  this 
division  in  accordance  with  Section  29,  page  54, 
of  the  statutes.  "En." 


Whereas,  The  Almighty  God  has  called  unto 
Himself  Bro.  O..  H.  Coomes,  of  East  Longmeadow ; 
let  us  extend  to  his  wife  and  children  our  sincere 
sympathy  and  aid,  as  they  have  lost  a  devoted 
husband  and  father;  so  has  Division  29  lost  a 
loyal  member;  therefore,  be  it 

Resolved,  That  our  charter  be  draped  for  thirty 
days  and  copies  of  these  resolutions  be  sent  to 
the  bereaved  family,  to  The  Telegrapher  and  also 
be  placed  on  our  minutes. 

M.  Brown, 
W.  Johnston, 
Joseph   Lbbte, 


Central  Nctv  England  Ry. — 

Bro.  Alex  Smith  was  relieved  for  a  few  days 
by  cx-Bro.  "Sailor  Boy"  Anson  while  Smittey  was 
seeing  the  sights  in  the  metropolis.  Bro.  R.  H. 
Yeager,  on  vacation,  was  relieved  by  Mr.   Scully, 

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and   Bro.    Tom    Campbell,    the    "old-timer,"    off   a 
week,  was  relieved  by  Mr.  DeLong. 

Geo.  Teasdale  ^'as  to  get  a  card  the  first  of  the 
rear,  sure. 

The  boys  at  Maybrook,  "BK,"  "XC"  and  "MK," 
have  brand  new  sanctums.  The  boys  in  "BK" 
have  a  hard  time  to  keep  their  new  place  in  a 
respectable  condition  owing  to  the  *'bunch"  of 
^'boomers*'  hanging  around. 

Bro.  House  bid  in  Loyd  Station  and  Bro.  Frank- 
Hn  second  "BO"  tower. 

The  criticism  in  our  notes  is  not  intended  to 
caose  any  hard  feelings  among  the  operators  or 
ag«its,  but  we  still  maintain  that  it  is  an  im- 
position for  them  to  accept  the  benefits  secured  by 
the  0.  R-  T.  and  allow  the  brother  operators  and 
agents  to  pay  for  them.  Some  of  them  seem  to 
think  the  O.  R.  T.  committee  will  continue  to 
represent  them  as  heretofore,  but  when  the  com- 
mittee again  goes  before  our  officials  for  benefits 
the  best  thing  to  do  will  be  to  work  for  the  in- 
terests of  the  O.  R.  T.  members  only  and  forget  a 
lot  of  promises  which  never  materialize.  Brothers, 
these  men  are  either  with  us  or  against  us,  and 
it  is  certainly  hard  enough  to  secure  benefits  for 
oar  own  members  without  helping  those  who  are 
injuring  our  cause  by  remaining  on  the  outside 
and  then  kick  because  we  don't  do  more  for  them. 

We  were  very  glad  to  get  some  news  from  Bro. 
Yeager  and  we  hope  to  hear  from  other  brothers 
so  we  can  have  a  fair  write-up  each  month. 

E.  L.  C,  Cert.  263. 

Providence,  R.  I.,  DIv.  No.  35. 

The  following  circular  letter  by  Bro.  R.  S. 
Eaten,  secretary-treasurer  of  our  Beneficial  Asso- 
ciation, should  be  read  by  every  member  of  our 
division,  and  result  in  a  large  increase  in  member- 
ship. Every  one  of  our  350  division  members 
should  support  it,  thereby  protecting  themselves 
and  prove  their  loyalty  by  upholding  the  hands  of 
their  officers,  who  are  trying  to  do  all  they  can 
to  improve  general  conditions;  new  applications  for 
1914  are  coming  in  rapidly. 

The  Beneficial  Association  of  Division  35,  O.  R. 
T.,  is  now  nearing  the  end  of  its  third  year,  and 
daring  this  time  we  have  succeeded  in  gaining  a 
membership  of  nearly  one-third  of  the  members 
of  the  division. 

In  1911  this  association  was  founded  for  the  pur- 
pose of  doing  awa>  with  the  numerous  papers  that 
were  previous  to  that  time  so  often  presented  to 
secure  aid  for  some  sick  or  'distressed  member, 
bat  since  the  founding  of  our  association  we  are 
pleased  to  say  that  this  practice  has  tfeen  entirely 
done  away  with.  The  association  provides  for  a 
sick  benefit  of  $5  for  the  first  week  and  $10  for 
the  next  seven  weeks,  making  a  total  of  $75.  The 
due*  are  25  cent-  per  week,  payable  in  advance, 
a  total  of  $13  per  annum.  At  the  end  of  the  year 
all  money  on  hand  is  equally  divided  pro  rata 
aoKmg  the  members  in  good  standing. 

In  1911  we  had  forty-seven  members,  and  at  the 
nid  of  the  year  we  returned  to  each  member  $7.47, 
after  disbursing  $170  for  sick  claims,  although  we 

had  only  been  in  operation  forty  weeks,  and  in 
1912  we  had  seventy-six  members  and  made  a 
refund  of  $10.75  per  member,  after  disbursing 
$214.80.  This  year  we  have  at  the  present  ninety- 
seven  members  in  good  standing,  and  hope  to  equal, 
if  not  to  exceed,  the  amount  of  refund  made  in 

As  a  great  number  of  the  members  of  the  divi- 
sion are  not  acqtiainted  with  the  fact  that  we  have 
been  doing  such  good  work  for  the  past  three 
years,  it  was  decided  to  bring  it  to  each  member's 
attention  by  means  of  a  circular  letter,  by  which 
we  hope  to  have  a  100  per  cent  increase  in  mem- 
bership over  1913  for  1914. 

Any  information  regarding  our  work  will  be 
gladly  furnished  upon  application  to  the  secretary. 

Having  been  thus  duly  informed  of  the  splendid 
work  this  association  is  doing,  all  members  are 
urged  to  avail  themselves  of  its  liberal  provisions 
by  making  early  application  for  membership,  and 
sending  the  same  to  the  secretary  or  president,  in- 
cluding 50  cents  initiation  fee. 

Fratertially  yours, 

R.  S.  Eaton,  secretary-treasurer,  7  Potter  Street, 
East  Providence,  R.  I.;  W.  J.  Brenner,  president, 
32  Earl  Street,  Providence,  R.  I.;  J.  D.  Vander- 
beek,  vice-president,  284  Montgomery  Avenue, 
Providence,  R.  I. 

Bro.  McKenna  and  family  have  gone  to  Los 
Angeles,  Cal.,  for  several  months.  Other  members 
of  family  will  remain  until  spring.  We  wish  them 
a  pleasant  and  beneficial  trip. 

Our  November  meeting  was  a  rouser  as  usual, 
with  a  good  attendance,  but  should  have  been 

Tellicg  addresses  were  made  by  General  Chair- 
man Ross,  Local  Chairman  Joslin  and  others. 

At  the  December  meeting  occurred  the  election 
of  officers  of  our  Beneficial  Association. 

The  first  meeting  of  the  new  year  will  be  ushered 
in*  by  a  debate,  in  which  all  should  participate, 
upon  the  subject  of  "Inter-divisional  bidding."  It 
is  an  important  subject  and  will,  no  doubt,  be  ably 
handled   in   all   its   aspects. 

Bro.  Boler,  third  Midway,  was  off  three  days 
on  account  of  sickness.  Bro.  Al.  Conant  was  also 
off  sick  for  three  weeks. 

Bro.  Gillett,  spare  Mid.  Division,  bid  in  Ster- 
ling, Conn. 

Local  Chairman  G.  E.  Joslin,  relieved  by  Bro. 
E.  Berryman,  second  Orms  St.  tower,  on  third 
Auburn  tower,  goes  to  first  there,  vice  Bro.  Jack 
Smith,  who  takes  the  new  9  a.  m.  to  6  p.  m.  tele- 
graph trick  in  chief  train  dispatcher's  office. 

Bro.  W.  H.  Young  goes  from  second  Wickford 
Jet.  tower  to  spare  towerman,  vice  Bro.  Charles 
Weeks,  who  succeeds  Mr.  Jackson  as  third  trick 
dispatcher  on  Shore  Line  end  of  Providence  Divi- 

Bro.  Torrelli,  from  spare  to  third  trick  Sharon 
Pit   tower. 

Bro.  Tommy  Roy  (old  reliable)  from  Dexter  St. 
tower  to  new  electric  tower  at  South  Worcester. 
Hope  he  won't  forget  his  many  friends  about 

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The  engagement  of  our  esteemed  and  worthy 
Local  Chairman  George  E.  Joslin  to  Miss  Ethel 
M.  Potter  is  announced.  We  join  most  sincerely 
in  extending  our  congratulations  to  both. 

Bro.  M.  W.  Buck,  with  his  bride  and  bridal 
party,  took  an  auto  from  Fishervillc,  Mass.,  after 
ceremony,  to  Woonsocket  and  Providence,  taking 
the  train  at  the  latter  place  for  Washington,  D.  C, 
where  they  spent  their  honeymoon.  Friends  met 
the  party  both  at  Woonsocket  and  Providence, 
where  the  bridal  couple  were  showered  with  con- 
fetti and  good  wishes.  The  auto  reminded  one  of 
a  boiler  factory,  from  the  noise  made  by  the  tin 
cans  tied  to  it.  The  couple  will  reside  in  Mill- 
bury,  Mass.,  where  Bro.  Buck  is  employed.  We 
hope  both  will  keep  up  their  O.  R.  T.  dues  and 
at  cnce  apply  for  membership  in  our  Beneficial 
Association,  so  that  provision  for  the  sick  day 
will  not  be  overlooked.  J.  D.  V.,  Div.  Cor. 

New  Rochelle,  N.  Y.,  Div.  No.  37. 

At  our  regular  monthly  meeting,  December  12lh, 
we  had  the  pleasure  of  listening  to  Electrical 
Superintendent  Gilliam  and  Chief  Load  Dispatcher 
Bro.  Flanigan,  who  gave  a  descriptive  address  rel- 
ative to  the  new  lightning  arresters,  which  some 
of  the  brothers  are  required  to  charge  every  morn- 
ing. They  consist  of  a  series  of  aluminum  plates 
filled  with  electrolyte,  the  plates  being  submerged 
in  oil  which  is  non-conductive,  one  side  being  con- 
nected to  the  negative  or  return  circuit  through 
a  fuse,  the  other  connected  to  the  10,000-volt  line. 
When  being  charged  through  a  horn  gap  (which  is 
closed  when  charging)  it  is  important  to  note  a 
condition  that  would  mean  a  Urge  loss  of  oil  from 
the  tanks,  as  the  oil  is  designed  to  prevent  arcing, 
and  if  the  oil  had  leaked  out  of  the  tanks  by  any 
mischief  the  line  might  short  circuit  to  the 
inside  of  the  tanks,  which  are  grounded,  if  the 
lightning  arrester  was  being  charged.  These 
arresters  are  designed  to  carry  off  excessive  volt- 
age, such  as  lightning  and  heavy  line  surges.  To 
charge  them  contact  is  made  by  closing  the  horn 
gap,  one  side  of  which  is  connected  to  a  rope, 
which  is  thoroughly  insulated  from  the  11, 000- volt 
line;  pulling  the  rope  closer  the  horn  gap.  If  a 
bright  arc  is  formed,  the  arrester  is  being  properly 
charged;  if  a  reddish  or  dull  arc  forms,  then  it  is 
not  being  charged  and  should  be  reported  to  the 
local  dispatcher.  A  contact  of  about  30  seconds 
is  su0icient  to  charge  the  arrester.  This  is  done 
by  an  electro-chemical  change  in  the  electrolyte, 
which  causes  an  amalgam  to  form  on  the  aluminum 
plates,  which  acts  as  an  insulator  until  the  volt- 
age becomes  excessive  and  pierces  the  amalgam 
and  flows  to  ground.  Each  plate  offers  a  certain 
amount  of  resistance  and  cuts  down  the  voltage 
so  there  would  be  no  violent  discharge  to  ground. 

We  were  very  glad  to  see  such  a  large  number 
present  at  our  meeting,  notably  Bro.  Ross,  our 
general  chairman;  Bro.  Jocelyn,  director;  Bro. 
Tiger,  local  chairman;  Bro.  Reif,  chief  telegrapher; 
Bro.  Seaman,  sccrelnry-trcasurer;  Bro.  McCormack, 
local  chairman.  Division  29.  In  fact,  wc  had  a 
full   house. 

iV.   Y.,  N.  H.  &  H.  R.  R.— 

Bro.  McMahon,  who  was  on  the  sick  list,  is 
O.  K.  now,  also  Bro.  Haig. 

Bro.  D.  Kennedy,  Division  29,  working  in  Har- 
lem River,  is  going  away  for  his  health.  We  wish 
him  a  speedy  recovery. 

Recent  changes  are:  Bro.  P.  B.  Smith,  Cos  Cob 
to  Bethel,  C.  &  O.;  Bro.  V.  Ballard,  from  sec- 
ond to  third  Stratford;  J.  F.  Forbes  assigned  C. 
&  O.,  E.  Bridgeport  yard,  and  Bro.  H.  Silverstein 
second  Fairfield  tower;  Bro.  G.  H.  Foster,  regular 
relief,  to  third  Devon  tower;  Bro.  C.  P.  Mellick 
bid  in  regular  relief  Bridgeport;  Bro.  C.  D.  Writer, 
C.  &.  O..  Cos  Cob;  Bro.  J.  J.  Gafney,  C.  &  O., 
Harlem  River:  Bro.  Frank  Williams,  third  trick 
load  dispatcher,  Cos  Cob;  Bro.  H.  Flanigan,  chief 
load  dispatcher,  Cos  Cob;  Bro.  G.  S.  Storm,  first 
trick  load  dispatcher,  Cos  Cob,  and  Bro.  "Spike" 
Northam  went  South  for  the  holidays. 

Bro.  "Bill"  Bitters  has  a  new  auto.     Classy,  eh? 

Probably  be  some  new  temporary  jobs  on  the 
Harlem  River  branch  with  the  third  trick  staff 
operator  from  Bangay  St.  to  Harlem  River. 

Now  is  the  time  to  pay  your  dues,  boys,  and 
get  your  new  card  early  for  1914. 

Quite  a  few  transfers  from  Division  29  to  37, 
probably  on  account  of  changes  in  division  limits. 
New  York  Division  is  now  between  New  York 
and   New  Hampshire. 

December  18th  men  of  the  Electric  Department 
together  with  some  of  the  towermen  presented  the 
retiring  chief  load  dispatcher,  Mr.  J.  C.  Preston, 
a  handsome  gold  watch,  E.  Howard  make,  suitably 
inscribed.  A  light  luncheon  was  served  at  the 
Congress  Hotel,  New  Rochelle,  and  we  all  had  a 
good  time. 
-     "Good  Luck/'  J.  C.  P.,  Div.  Cor.,  Cert.  123. 

Springfield,  Mass.,  Div.  No.  38. 

Albany  Division,  West  End — 

Successful  applicants  for  positions  recently  were: 
Chief  signaUnan  between  Springfield  and  N.  A. 
Jet.,  W.  D.  Brewer;  operator,  Beckct,  H.  S. 
Shafer;  second  trkk  tower  38,  Athol  Jet.,  Bro. 
H.  H.  Stannard;  operator  High  Bridge,  Bro.  H. 
F.  Segelken;  third  trick  West  Springfield  Yard. 
Bro.  M.  H.  Lynch. 

Up  for  bid,  4  p.  m.  to  12  m. :  Second  West 
Springfield  Yard  and  Springfield  Station  third 
tricks;  Tower  50,  Chester,  12  m.  to  8  a.  m.;  Russell 
station,  10  p.  m.  to  7  a.  m.  Mr.  Mougin  is  quali- 
fying for  the  former. 

Bro.  J.  J.  O'Rourke  is  on  second  Tower  38, 
Athol  Junction,  temporarily,  relieved  by  W. 
Service,  a  new  man,  on  third  Niverville. 

Bro.  Wm;  H.  Sweet  is  acting  as  chief  signalman 
temporarily  between  Rensselaer  and  N.  A.  Junction, . 
and   Bro.   H.    D.   Whitney  on   Eastern   Division   of 
west  end  between   Springfield  and   N.   A.  Junction 
until  W.   D.  Brewer  qualifies. 

It  is  now  Bro.  M.  L.  Fleming,  third  Springfield 

Bro.  J.  A.  Bell,  second  Cadys,  and  Bro.  J.  Pat- 
terson, second  Tower  60,  State  Line,  were  up  to 
the  city  a  few  days  ago  buying  supplies,  top  shoes 
and  felt  boots,  getting  ready  for  old  winter. 

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Those  who  would  like  to  sec  a  write-up  will 
have  to  send  me  some  news. 

Rro.  E.  J.  I^  Pointe,  chairman  of  O.  R.  T., 
Rutland  Ry.,  Chatham-Bennington  Division,  from 
C  D.  Chatham,  attended  a  meeting  of  the  offi- 
cers in  Rutland,  Vt.,  recently. 

Bros.  Thompson  and  Cunningham,  of  Tower  66, 
are  getting  quite  strong — both  have  broken  a  lever 
off  by  the  roots  while  on  duty.  "Doc." 

New  York,  N.  Y.,  Div.  No.  44. 

Regular  meeting  for  the  month  of  December 
was  held  on  Saturday  evening,  the  13th,  and  was 
well  attended,  there  being  about  forty  present,  in- 
cluding our  Second  Vice,  Bro.  T.  M.  Pierson. 
Tom  is  always  a  welcome  visitor,  for  the  boys 
know  when  he  is  present  that  there  is  a  great 
treat  in  store  for  them,  as  he  always  has  a  ready 
fund  of  sound  advice  to  offer  for  our  advance- 
ment and  it  is  to  such  men  that  we  owe  our 
present  standing  today.  May  he  come  often  in  the 

One  of  the  interesting  things  at  this  meeting 
was  the  large  nimiber  of  applications  handled,  and 
it  is  with  pride  that  we  announce  that  we  still 
cling  to  the  title  "Banner  Division,"  as  we  have 
an  O.  R.  T.  man  to  every  mile  of  track.  Can 
the  men  on  .any  other  road  boast  of  such  a  record? 
Nov.  brothers,  that  we  have  attained  that  point 
Jet  us  get  together  with  all  of  our  might  and 
'UXWARD"  be  our  watchword  for  the  coming 
year.  Practically  thorough  organization  has  put 
tins  within  our  grasp.     Let  us  keep  it. 

The  true  meaning  of  organization  is  "a  place  for 
every  man  and  every  man  in  his  place,"  each 
brother  at  all  times  looking  out  for  the  interest  of 
the  Order.  If  you  come  in  contact  with  a  non 
or  know  of  one,  do  your  best  to  line  him  up  and 
if  you  can't,  do  not  stop,  but  sond  his  name  to 
some  other  brother  who  will  try  and  see  what  he 
can  do  with  him.  We  have  loyal  and  active  mem- 
bers on  the  east  end  who  can  never  attend  the 
meetings  on  account  of  the  train  servrce,  but  these 
same  brothers  are  with  us  to  the  man  and  with 
an  united  effort  will  bring  good  results. 

After  our  meeting  the  boys  were  invited  in  a 
body  to  the  lodge  room  of  the  Ladies'  Auxiliary 
Local  No.  16,  where  the  sisters  had  prepared  a 
tasteful  lunch  and  asked  the  brothers  to  partici- 
pate in  for  the  benefit  of  two  brothers  who  had 
made  an  appeal  for  assistance  through  Thb 
TEtxGBAFHKB.  The  boys  responded  with  a  will 
to  this  worthy  cause  and  these  two  brothers  re- 
ceived a  nice  Christmas  present  from  their  efforts. 
First  Vice  Grand  President  Sister  Hilley  was 
elated  over  the  success  of  the  affair.  Keep  up  the 
good  work«  sisters. 

Bro.  H.  V.  Bedell,  agent  Richmond  Hill,  bid  in 
Huntington  agency;  relieved  by  relief  agent,  Bro. 

Bros.  Williams  and  Filby  are  the  champion 
checker  players  of  Great  Neck  and  are  out  to 
meet  all  comers. 

Bro.  Clock,  agent  at  Great  Neck,  has  now  only 
the  freight  to  handle. 

Bro.  Ryan,  from  Glen  St.,  Glen  Cove,  has  been 
api>ointed  telegrapher  for  Secretary  of  State  Hon. 
\Vm.  J.  Bryan.  Div.  44  congratulates  Bro.  Ryan 
on  his  high  percentage  secured  in  the  competitive 

Bro.  Chas.  Travis  has  the  sympathy  of  Div.  44 
in  his  present  illness.  Bro.  Travis  has  lost  a  lot 
of  time  in  the  past  year  on  account  of  sickness 
and  it  is  hoped  that  he  will  soon  recover  and  be 
able  to  resume  duty.  He  is  being  relieved  by 
Bro.  Dan  Powers. 

Bro.  Joe  Argust  has  bid  in  Massapequa  agency 
and  is  now  close  at  home.  Good  luck  to  you, 

Bro.  H.  T.  Jones  has  resigned  the  agency  at 

Bro.  Jim  Robinsonr  agent  at  King's  Park,  is  en- 
joying a  month's  vacation,  relieved  by  Bro.  Bill 

Bro.  J.  B.  Baldwin,  agent  at  Amityville,  has  bid 
in  the  station  master  at  Far  Rockaway;  relieved 
by  P.  J.  Voss,  of  Massapequa,  relieved  by  F.  W. 
Benneck;  Bro.  Dietz,  relief  agent  Belmore,  re- 
lieved by  H.  C.  Moore. 

Bro.  Burrows,  agent  at  Springfield,  has  resigned. 

Bro.  P.  C.  Clawson,  extra,  secured  third  "RC," 
Richmond  Hill. 

Bro.  Tom  Gaffeny,  of  Div.  44,  and  Sister  Edith 
Burke,  of  Local  No.  16,  are  on  their  honeymoon 
visiting  several  Southern  cities.  Div.  44  extends 
its  congratulations  to  the  happy  couple. 

Bro.  Williams,  first,  and  Bro.  Corneely,  second, 
at  "G"  cabin.  Great  Neck;  two  good  boys  in  the 
right  place. 

Sister  Sinnot,  first  at  "PN,"  Port  Washington, 
with  Bro.  Sam  Kaljain,  on  second.  Bro.  Kaljain 
is  getting  to  be  a  first-class  railroad  man  since  the 
absolute  block  rules  went  into  effect  on  that 

Bro.  Jim  O'Rourke  and  bride  just  returned 
from  their  honeymoon,  visiting  Washington,  D.  C, 
sending  announcement  to  chief  telegrapher,  Bro. 
V^an  Nostrand.  Jimmy  has  the  hearty  congratu- 
lations of  No.  44. 

Sister  Lemaire,  first  at  "WE,"  Whitestone 
Landing,  and  Bro.  C.  Hummel  on  second. 

Chief  telegrapher,  Bro.  Van,  on  a  trip  to 
Omaha.  It  is  said  that  "Van"  is  looking  for  his 
better  half.     Good  luck  to  you,  "Van." 

Bro.  Cook,  first  at  "B"  cabin.  Bro.  Hirshorn 
bid  in  first  at  "MF"  cabin,  with  Bro.  Bowman  on 

Wish  you  all  a  happy  and  prosperous  New 
Year.  Div.  Con. 

Boston,  Mass.,  Div.  No.  89. 

It  seemed  like  olden  times  to  see  so  many 
brothers  present  at  the  night  meeting  which  chief 
Bro.  Kerns  called  to  order  December  6th,  a  feature 
of  which  was  the  general  hand-clapping  as  Past 
Chief  Bro.  Jacobs  assumed  his  chair,  it  being 
nearly  two  years  since  he  last  performed  the 
functions  of  his  ofiice,  owing  to  his  being  em- 
ployed as  train  dispatcher  at  Hartford  and  New 
Haven.     Bro.  Jacobs  said  distance  lends  enchant- 

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ment,  so  he  took  this,  his  first  opportunity,  to  be 

The  post  card  notice  of  special  interest  to 
agents,  while  effective  in  a  way,  did  not  bring 
out  those  whom  it  mostly  concerned. 

A  committee  comprised  of  Bros.  Mullen,  Dc  War 
and  Drummond  to  confer  with  Div.  41  regarding 
beneficial  State  legislation  and  also  a  joint  teleg- 
raphers' social  club,  no  doubt  will  have  something 
interesting  to  report. 

General  chairman  Bro.  Ross  gave  an  interesting 
and  lengthy  report  regarding  grievances  handled 
successfully  and  others  in  process. 

Chief  Bro.  Kerns  was  the  successful  bidder,  who 
with  eight  others  took  the  examination  for  the 
position  of  operator  in  the  dispatcher's  office  in 

Representatives  of  the  press  in  waiting  for 
news  shows  we  are  some  pumpkins  when  we  get 

It  would  be  well  for  some  of  us  to  heed  the 
good  example  set  by  big  Bill  Fenwick,  he  of  the 
Abe  Lincoln  type  both  in  temperament  and  spirit. 
He  usually  waits  until  called  upon  for  an  opinion, 
to  which  he  at  all  times  is  equal. 

That  we  need  not  go  to  the  wild  and  woolly 
West  for  hair-raising  incidents  was  recently  demon- 
strated when  Bro.  J.  W.  Sawyer,  third  trick 
towerman  at  Attlcboro  Junction,  who  while  in  the 
serenity  of  his  much-bewindowed  cabin  and  dream- 
ing of  the  good  old  summer  time,  was  suddenly 
taken  by  surprise  one  early  morning  with  "hands 
up  and  don't  move,"  which  of  course  Sawyer  re- 
fused to  do,  at  the  same  time  remarking:  "I  know 
you.  Hill.  You  can't  fool  me,"  and  was  about  to 
step  forward  to  disarm  the  masked  desperado, 
when  in  steps  another  masked  robber,  grasps  the 
gun  from  his  pal  and  orders  Sawyer  to  fork  over 
his  chink  or  be  reduced  to  shredded  meat.  This 
looked  more  like  business  and  Sawyer  handed  over 
his  little  all,  "three  cents."  "Is  that  all  you  have, 
you  blankety  blank  blank  blank?"  "That's  all," 
replied  Sawyer,  "you  know  the  Wall  street  gang 
was  down  here  a  short  while  ago  and  took  every- 
thing but  the  rails  and  time  card."  "Got  any 
watch?"  "No;  see  that  clock  over  there?"  and 
as  their  heads  were  turned  he  slipped  his  time- 
piece into  his  jeans,  which  a  moment  before  was 
dangling  from  his  vest  pocket  in  the  closet,  thanks 
to  their  overmasking  which  obscured  from  view  so 
small  an  object.  "What's  that  infernal  machine?" 
Desperado  No.  2,  pointing  to  the  closet.  "Oh, 
that's  a  Yetman  typewriter  and  belongs  to  the 
second  trick  man."  "Haul  her  out;  looks  like 
good  swag,  hey.  Bill?"  Their  curiosity  having 
been  satisfied,  they  took  up  the  booty  and  com- 
manded Sawyer  to  precede  them  up  the  turnpike, 
where  they  were  met  by  another  pal,  who  stood 
outside  guard.  After  a  hike  of  over  a  mile  through 
the  surrounding  lonely  woods  Sawyer  wondered 
what  was  to  become  of  him,  meantime  his  few 
hairs  standing  on  end  like  a  wireless  aerial  on  the 
American  Desert,  when  suddenly  he  was  advised 
to  retrace  his  steps  and  make  no  mention  of  the 
affair,  which  he  was  pleased  to  do  only  in  part. 
He  notified  the  police  of  his  experience,  who  were 

loth  to  credit  his  story  and  roundly  berated  him 
and  threatened  arrest  for  the  theft  of  the  Yetman. 
However,  several  days  later  one  of  the  desperadoes 
was  taken  into  custody  and  confessed  the  whole 
affair  as  related  here  and  implicating  his  two  pals 
who  are  still  at  large  with  their  white  elephant. 
Bro.  Sawyer  was  later  exonerated  and  given  credit 
for  his  heroism  and  can  go  "primitive  man  Joe 
Knowles"  one  better  in  that  he  has  his  bare  skin 
minus  the  bullet  holes. 

Boston  Division  Notes — 

Bro.  McCue,  from  second  to  third.  So.  Bay 

Bro.  J.  W.  McLaughlin,  from  third  Neponset,  to 
relief  towerman's  position. 

Bro.  Jamison,  from  third  Atlantic,  to  third 
Neponset.  He  held  the  former  position  for  over 
nineteen  years;   a  good  record. 

Bro.  Lyons,  from  dickering  to  third  Atlantic. 

Bro.  Donnell  secured  third  trick  operator  in  the 
dispatcher's   office,    Boston. 

Bro.  Bartlett.  after  a  brief  vacation  spent  with 
relatives  in  Maine,  resumed  duty  at  Chickering 

Bro.  Burdick,  acting  agent  at  Cohasset  for  two 
weeks  pending  the  return  of  the  regular  agent 

Bro.  Weirg  is  still  doing  spare  work. 

Bro.  A.  G.  Robinson  bid  in  third  helper  Mans- 
field tower. 

A  number  of  jobs  have  been  abolished  and 
bumping  will  now  begin  in  earnest. 

Midland  Division  Notes — 

The  Dutch  have  settled  Franklin,  Bros.  Snyder 
and  Graichen,  the  former  relieving  Bro.  Evens, 
who  spent  the  holidays  at  his  home,  Troy,  X.  Y. 

Bros.  Ross  and  Leete  spent  several  days  on  this 
division  in  missionary  work  with  good  results. 

Bro.  Bill  Murphy  now  has  Sundays  off,  which 
he  puts  to  good  use  at  home. 

The  second  trick  at  Norwood  Central  station  has 
been  abolished  and  the  first  trick  put  on  a  twelve- 
hour  basis. 

Bro.  Covert,  of  E.  Douglas,  keeps  his  doors 
securely  closed  against  the  insurance  agents. 

It's  now  Bro.  Goldwaith*  at  No.  Bellingham  and 
Bro.  Chester  at  West  Wrenthara,  both  having  ap- 
plied for  membership  in  Div.  No.  35,  Providence. 

Bro.  Jacobs  took  a  day  off  to  visit  the  brothers 
at  Norwood  and  Franklin;  also  to  attend  the  meet- 
ing. Barool,  Div.  Cor. 

Chicago,  Ml.,  Div.  No.  91. 

£.  /.  &  E.  Ry..  East  End— 

Bro.  Andrews  on  first  Waukegan,  a  new  man 
from  the  East;  is  too  busy  to  find  much  news, 
but  will  try  and  give  us  a  line  up  as  often  as  he 
is  able.  Bro.  D.  Doyle  on  second;  between  round- 
house and  the  telephone  girl  has  his  hands  full. 
Mr.  Worth  is  on  third  Waukegan. 

Bro.  Dockery  is  at  the  new  tower  at  Barrington. 

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Bro.  Delong  is  on  fir«t  West  Chicago,  Mr. 
Rkbsrds  on  second  and  Mr.  Cooper  on  third.  The 
air  line  and  the  plant  at  *'DA"  tower,  West  Chi- 
cago, have  been  repaired  and  put  in  service  De- 
cember 16th.  The  operators  have  had  a  flagman 
all  summer  and  will  now  have  a  few  more  levers 
to  work. 

I  received  a  request  for  two  application  blanks 
from  Mr.  Scroggins  on  second  trick  at  Walker; 
expect  he  and  the  third  man  will  soon  be  with  us. 
Keep  it  up,  boys,  when  I  run  out  of  blanks,  I 
know  where  to  get  more. 

You  boys  along  the  line  send  me  a  few  notes  to 
Box  745,  West  Chicago,  and  we  will  try  and  have 
a  write-up  every  month.  It  is  not  much  trouble 
to  jot  down  a  few  lines,  W.  H.  D..  Cert.  95. 

Bro.  H.  C.  Gilmer  took  in  Mobile  the  15th,  re- 
lieved by  W.  P.  Gilmer,  who  also  relieved  Stanley 
Wilson,  agent  Buckatunna,  Miss.,  while  off  hunt- 
ing. W.  W.  WiLKiNS,  Cert.  247. 

Meridian,  Miss.,  Div.  No.  94. 
MoMe  &■  Okie  R,  R.— 

I  missed  the  usual  newsy  letter  from  Bro.  Mor- 
ris at  Eoline,  Ala.,  but  the  Chrismas  rush  was  on 
and  every  man  had  his  hands  full.  Bro.  Holmes 
at  Arteaia,  our  assistant  local  chairman,  and  Bro. 
Gilmer,  ot  Fruitdale,  our  local  chairman  pro  tern, 
found   time   to  give  me  a  few  dots. 

Brothers,  we  certainly  had  a  lovely  meeting  at 
Artesia  in  November,  and  all  of  you  who  failed 
to  attend  missed  a  treat. 

Bro.  C.  J.  King,  of  Reform,  on  the  Montgomery 
Division,  was  accidentally  killed  while  out  bird 
hunting  December  20th,  both  barrels  of  the  gun 
being  discharged,  the  contents  entering  his  head, 
producing  instant  death. 

Bro.  Holmes  has  corraled  all  the  boys  at  Mul- 
don-  Would  that  wc  had  a  Holmes  at  every  job 
on  this  line,  for  he  not  only  keeps  Artesia  lined 
np,  but  finds  time  to  help  line  up  the  other  places. 

If  any  of  you  fellows  happen  to  know  of  a  new 
man  coming  in  or  make  a  change  yourself,  drop 
me  a  line.  It  is  news  to  th|  balance  of  the  bunch, 
and  makes  the  write-up  look  better. 

It  is  now  Bro.  Walters  at  Macon,  Miss.  He  is 
in  a  good  place  to  do  some  good  missionary  work 
lining  ap  the  balance  of  the  bunch. 

Boys,  get  busy  and  let's  line  up  the  nons.  We 
have  the  very  best  Order  there  is.  Let's  all  get 
together  and  push  and  give  Bro.  H.  C.  Gilmer, 
local  chairman,  R.  M.  Holmes  and  W.  A.  Peter- 
man,  assistants,  all  the  assistance  possible  and 
while  so  doing  don't  forget  your  self-appointed 
scribe  each  month. 

South  of  Meridian — 

F.  C.  Casebeere  was  checked  in  as  agent  Hiwan- 
nec.  Miss.,  December  10th. 

Bro.  A.  H.  Hinson,  of  Oak  Grove,  was  off  a 
few  dajrs,  relieved  by  W.  P.  Gilmer  and  Bro.  B. 
Haigbt,  third  Vinegarbend,  by  C.  £.  Brown. 

Bro.  C.  C.  Harris,  of  Enterprise,  has  moved 
into  the  new  depot  there. 

Every  brother  ought  to  have  his  card  by  the 
first,  as  onr  secretary  and  treasurer  sent  out  notices 
on  the  15th  of  December. 


Wherkas.,  On  the  19th  day  of  December,  1913, 
while  out  bird  hunting  with  his  brother,  our 
esteemed  Bro.  C.  J.  King  was  shot  and  instantly 
killed  by  his  brother's  gun   accidentally;   and. 

Whereas,  Our  hearts  go  out  in  love  and  frater- 
nal sympathy  to  the  grief-stricken  loved  ones  in 
this  their  dark  hour;  be  it 

Resolved,  That  in  the  loss  of  Bro,  King  the 
Order  of  Railroad  Telegraphers  have  lost  a  loyal 
and  true  member,  the  family  a  devoted,  kind  and 
true  father  and  husband,  and  the  country  a  loyal 
and  upright  citizen;     be  it  further 

Resolved,  That  to  his  sorrowing  loved  ones  wc 
tender  our  heartfelt  sympathy  and  join  in  prayer 
to  the  heavenly  Father  in  this  their  dark  hour; 
and  be  it  further 

Resolved,  That  a   copy  of   these   resolutions  be 
spread  upon  the  minutes  of  this  division,  a  copy 
sent  to  The  Railroad  Tblsgraphbr  for  publica- 
tion, and  a  copy  sent  to  the  bereaved  family. 
C.  E.  Hbnolby, 
J.  M.  Elliott, 
R.  M.  Holmbs^ 


Whereas,  It  has  pleased  our  heavenly  Father 
to  call  to  her  reward  the  beloved  mother  of  our 
esteemed  Bro.  B.  D.  Burke;  and, 

Whebeas,  In  full  realization  of  his  great  loss 
we  sorely  lack  fitting  words  to  express  our  con- 
solation,, but  direct  him  to  the  ever-ready  Com- 
forter;  therefore,  be  it 

Resolved,  That  the  members  of  Div.  94,  Order 
of  Railroad  Telegraphers,  extend  to  Bro.  Burke 
our  heartfelt  sympathy  in  this  his  sad  bereavement; 
and  be  it  further 

Resolved,  That  a  copy  of  these  resolutions  be 
spread  upon  the  minutes  of  this  division,  a  copy 
sent  to  The  Railroad  Telegrapher  for  publica- 
tion, and  a  copy  forwarded  to  the  sorrowing 
^"■other.  Q    E.  Hendlby, 

J.  M.  Elliott, 
R.  M.  Holmes, 


Cobalt,  Ont.,  Div.  No.  99. 

Temiskaming  &  Northern  Ontario  Ry. — 

Brothers,  Christmas  has  come  and  gone,  with 
its  messages  of  good  cheer,  love  and  friendship. 
Funny,  ain't  it,  how  we  periodically  or  annually 
take  a  notion  to  try  and  be  friendly  with  each 
other,  and  usually,  too,  in  such  an  apparently 
silly  way.  The  giving  of  a  present,  of  say  $1.00 
or  less,  is  supposed  to  be  a  token  of -your  ever- 
lasting esteem,  and  more  than  all  it  is  usually  a 
present  to  some  one  who  can  very  well  return  a 
like  value.     Now  why  not  look  around    for  some 

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one  who  is  up  against  it  and  look  after  Christmas 
is  Konc  (because  at  Christmas  most  folks  have 
enough).  After  the  Christmas  spirit  has  gone  try 
anti  kefji  the  Christian  spirit  and  hrip  the  man 
who  is  down.  Through  the  year  is  the  time;  there 
are  lots  of  merry  Christmas  greetings  to  spare  at 
Chrbtmas,  but  afterward,  what?  Usually  every 
man  for  himself. 

Well,  so  much  for  that.  What  about  the  next 
year's  dues?  Now  is  the  time  to  think  of  that. 
Keep  up  your  end  and  keep  Div.  99  well  to  the 

Wc  are  all  glad  to  hear  the  grand  work  is 
(doming  to  its  own.     Stick  to  it,  boys. 

C«RT.  63. 

Brothers,  pay  up  your  dues  just  as  soon  as  pos- 
sible and  be  protected  for  the  new  year,  and  get 
after  the  non  next  station  to  you. 

H  all  the  brothers  on  the  line  would  help  like 
Hros.  Swan  and  Richards  we  wouhl  have  a  fine 
write-up  each  month.  All  try  just  once  and  if  you 
can,  keep  it  up.  Div.  Cor. 

North  Adams,  Mass.,  Div.  No.  139. 

Boston  &  Maine  R,  R.,  C.  &  P,  {So.)  piv.— 

There  seems  to  be  some  misunderstanding  as  to 
who  are  the  assistant  chairmen  on  this  division. 
For  the  {)enefit  of  all  concerned  it  should  be  un- 
derstood that  Bros.  H.  I.  Woodward  and  J.  H. 
Richards  are  the   assistant   chairmen. 

M.  J.  Swan, 
Local  Chairman. 

Wc  have  quite  a  few  promises  from  the  nons 
to  begin  the  new  year  right  and  get  an  up-to-date 
card.  Some  of  them  are  very  ,  anxious  to  find 
out  what  is  going  on  and  take  an  active  interest  in 
everything  except  to  lay  aside  a  little  of  that 
raise  the  O.  R.  T.  gave  them  and  get  an  up  to 

We  are  glad  to  note  that  through  the  efforts  of 
the  committee  positions  are  being  bulletined  and 
filled  much  more  promptly  than  they  have  been  in 
,     the  past. 

Mr.  Patterson  bid  in  third  at  Brattleboro. 

Mr.  Wells,  Dale  Junction,  bid  in  clerk  and 
operator  at  Holyoke  and  still  he  don't  know  his 
own  mind.     What  next?     Bemardston  third? 

Bro.  McGuinncss,  of  the  B.  &  A.,  bid  in  clerk 
and  operator  at  South  Deerficld. 

Clerk  and  operator  at  Ashuelot  recently  bulle- 
tined on  account  of  Bro.  Cyr  going  in  spare  list. 

We  hope  none  of  our  brothers  holding  regular 
positions  will  stay  in  spare  list  long  enough  to 
lose  them.  There  had  to  be  a  limit  made  regard- 
ing this,  or  some  of  the  nons  would  have  owned 
all  the  jobs  on  the  division. 

Bro.  Foley  bid  in  Bemardston  agency,  thus 
abolishing  the  ham  factory. 

Bro.  Woodward  bid  in  Dummerston  agency.  Wc 
are  glad  to  see  him  get  it,  as  he  has  been  a  good, 
hard-working  member,  and  we  hope  he  will  still 
use  his  efforts  among  the  agents. 

Deerfield  Junction  closed  December  15th,  and 
trains  are  operated  over  the  East  Deerfield  branch 
by  signals  in  charge  of  switchman  at  Kast  Deerfield 

Bro.  W.  H.  Moody,  South  Deerfield,  has  gone 
to  the  N.  Y.,  N.  H.  &  H. 

Bro.  Beaulieu  is  on  a  six  months'  leave. 

A  new  coal  pocket  is  being  put  in  at  Springfield 
and  No.  Walpole  Yard. 

Grand  Trunk  Ry. 

A  bumper  house  greeted  Bros.  L.  M.  Eddy, 
general  chairman,  and  D.  L.  Shaw,  grand  secretary 
and  treasurer,  upon  the  occasion  of  the  O.  R.  T. 
rally  held  in  the  Y.  M.  C.  A.  assembly  rooms  at 
Stratford  the  evening  of  December  19th.  Third 
Vice-President  Bro.  D.  Campbell  who  was  sched- 
uled to  address  the  meeting  was  unable  to  be^ 
present,  which  caused  some  disappointment  to  the 
boys,  many  of  them  having  come  long  distances  to 

.  Bro.  Shaw  as  chairman  opened  the  meeting  with 
a  short  address.  He  appointed  Bro.  J.  D.  Craig, 
of  Stratford,  as  secretary  pro  tem,  and  then  intro- 
duced Bro.  L.  M.  Eddy,  of  Marcellus,  Mich. 

Bro.  Eddy  explained  fully  the  recent  negotia- 
tions with  the  Grand  Trunk  for  better  pay  and 
better  working  conditions,  showing  what  the  com- 
mittee has  been  up  against  during  the  past  ^ear. 
He  went  over  the  rules  of  the  new  schedule 
clause  by  clause,  explaining  where  improvements 
have  been  made.  The  elevenr-hour  day  and  two 
weeks'  vacation  appealed  strongly  to  the  boys. 

At  the  close  of  Bro.  Eddy's  address  an  informal 
discussion  took  place  among  the  members  as  to 
the  ways  and  means  of  keeping  up  the  interest  in 
the  Order  among  the  boys  along  the  line.  Finally 
it  was  moved  by  Bro.  H.  P.  Ward,  of  West 
Toronto,  and  seconded  by  Bro.  G.  S.  Cline,  of 
Thcdford,  that  regular  monthly  meetings  be  held 
in  Stratford  commencing  January,  1914.  Carried 
unanimously.  Also  moved  by  Bro.  Ward,  sec- 
onded by  Bro.  Cline,  tjiat  Bros.  W.  Middleton,  of 
Breslau,  and  J.  D.  Craig,  of  Stratford,  be  ap- 
pointed a  committee  of  two  to  look  after  the 
renting  of  hall,  etc.,  in  connection  with  these 
meetings.  It  was  also  decided  to  hold  meetings 
on  the  third  Friday  of  'each  month.  Moved  by 
Bro.  G.  E.  McTaggart,  of  Blyth,  seconded  by  Bro. 
Case,  of  Hensall,  that  the  meeting  be  adjourned 
until  the  third  Friday  in  January.     Carried. 

As  these  meetings  will  be  conducted  in  accord- 
ance with  the  ritual  the  members  are  hereby  ad- 
vised to  familiarize  themselves  therewith  in  the 

The  following  members  were  present:  D.  L. 
Shaw,  London;  L.  M.  Eddy,  Marcellus,  Mich.; 
Anguish,  Atwood;  G.  S.  Cline,  Thedford;  F.  Mc- 
Cordic,  Camlachie;  Cusack,  Blackwell;  A.  Weinert 
and  W.  Cobcr,  New  Hamburg;  H.  C.  Elder,  J.  D. 
Hodgins  and  R.  Sparling,  Goderich;  Angell,  Elora; 
J.  G.  Heyd,  Owen  Sound;  J.  Downs,  St.  Mary's 
Junction;  Routley,  Clinton;  C.  E.  Fleming,  Fer- 
gus; Ranney,  Goldstone;  Connel,  Pinkerton;  D.  E. 
Jackson,  Rockwood;  W.  Craig,  Malton;  S.  E. 
Smith,  Brussels;  W.  J.  Masters,  Bluevale;  L.  E. 
Dotzenroth,    Alma;    H.    J.    Dotzenroth,    Waterloo; 

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A.  E.  Robinson.  Berlin;  W.  Waugh  and  W.  Rus- 
sel.  Baden;  Brandlc,  Thorndale;  G.  Reid,  Cheslcy; 
W.  Crearar,  Shakespeare;  J.  Towner,  Durham; 
G.  E.  McTaggart,  local  chairman,  Blyth;  W. 
Middleton,  local  chairman,  Breslau;  R.  Middleton, 
Newton;  Case,  Hensall;  H.  P.  Ward,  West 
Toronto;  G.  Milne,  Georgetown;  B.  Beattie, 
Hespeler;  F.  McConnel.  Listowel;  W.  Middleton, 
Forest;  R.  Harvey,*  Parkhill;  T.  Hill,  Granton; 
W.  Duffus,  Forest;  M.  Swift,  Guelph  Jet.;  I.  C. 
Laschinger,  Petersburg;  W.  Rife,  St.  Pauls;  Lyons, 
Londesboro;  Rumball,  Elmira;  C.  P.  R.  Agent 
Thomi»oa,  Blyth. 

Dtspatcbcrs  present:  Bros.  G.  Hodgins,  A. 
Webster.  E.  H.  Trethewey.  F.  Holman,  C.  C. 
LeaTitt,  A.  C.  Harris,  R.  J.  Hyde  and  J.  D.  Craig, 
all  of  Stratford;  Bros.  E.  W.  Harris  and  J.  Stin- 
son  being  on  duty  were  unable  to  attend. 

Moved  by  Bro.  R.  Harvey,  seconded  by  Bro. 
Qinc,  that  a  vote  of  appreciation  be  tendered  Bro. 
Eddy  for  his  splendid  work  on  the  committee  and 
also  for  the  patience  he  displayed  in  explaining 
the  new  schedule  to  the  boys.  Bros.  D.  Campbell, 
Parent  and  Grdves  were  also  eulogized  for  their 
efforts  in  securing  the  new  schedule. 

We  wish  to  thank  Messrs.  W.  Culligan  and  F. 
A.  Rutherford,  chief  dispatchers  at  Stratford  and 
London,  respectively,  for  the  courteous  treatment 
accorded  the  boys  in  connection  with  the  above 
meeting.  Passes  were  issued  freely  upon  request. 
Trains  Nos.  122  and  17  were  stopped  at  local 
stations  to  let  off  memljers  returning  from  the 
meeting,  members  were  relieved  from  duty  wher- 
ever possible  and  everything  was  done  to  promote 
a  good  feeling  among  the  boys,  which  was  cer- 
tainly appreciated.  Cert.   1469. 

Seventh  District — 

I  asked  Bros.  Giroux,  Brockville,  Allison, 
Napanee,  Bumham,  Brighton  and  Stone  at  Whitby 
to  assist  with  this  write-up.  The  latter  said  he 
had  none.  If  the  boys  on  the  Sixth  Distrkrt  arc 
not  enough  interested  to  send  in  the  notes  I  will 
try  to  write  for  the  Seventh  only  for  a  while  yet. 

Bro.  H.  A.  Bolton  relieved  Bro.  Granger,  agent 
Scarboro,  our  genial  local  chairman,  while  on 
committee  work  and  was  relieved  there  nights  by 
Mr.  Lloyd,  who  also  relieved  Bro.  Thos.  Conners 
at  Rowmanville,  while  he  relieved  Bro.  Bird,  days 
there,  off  on  account  of  the  death  of  a  relative. 

Men  at  Oshawa  had  rather  a  tough  day  recently 
when  the  Boston -Chicago  flyer  run  into  the  rear 
of  a   freight  a  mile  east,  killing  a  cattle  drover. 

Bro.  Allin,  Newtonville,  had  a  hard  day  when 
No.  6  laid  baggage,  express  and  mail  cars  over 
on  their  side,  wrecking  an  engine  and  tearing 
up  considerable  track  on  the  cross  over  switches 
there,    November  29th. 

Bro.  Ross  Burnham,  Brighton  nights,  who  re- 
lieved Bro.  Conners  days  when  he  went  to  "YD," 
was  later  relieved  by  Bro.  Baker. 

Following  brothers  attended  the  Toronto  meet- 
ing, December  6th,  at  the  Labor  Temple:  Bros. 
Giroux,  Allison,  C.  H.  Baker,  R.  K.  Cook,  R.  A. 
Snyder,  R.  R.  Bird,  V.  M.  Smith,  T.  A.  Carson, 
H.  A.  Granger  and  Thos.  Gormley. 

Fone  was  out  of  commission  for  twelve  hours 
recently,  during  which  time  we  used  key  again. 

Our  new  schedule  is  completed  and  the  ten- 
hour  day  is  now  a  reality,  making  730  less  hours 
of  labor  a  year,  with  two  weeks*  vacation  and 
Sunday  overtime.  This  makes  us  73  days  less 
a  year  to  work,  or  if  worked  we  get  paid  almost 
double.  Don't  forget  to  take  a  meal  hour  at  mid- 
night when  you  get  it  and  clear  out  for  exercise. 
We  don't  have  to  scrub  stations  any  more,  and 
it  is  a  pleasure  to  work  here  now  and  feel  that 
there's  more  coming  to  the  company  when  we  get 
more  what  we  are  worth,  but  we  are  not  up  quite 
to  standard  yet,  so  keep  moving. 

Toronto  men  want  the  Ontario  O.  R.  T.  Club 
of  Port  Hope,  moved  there.  They  waited  for  a 
club  to  be  started,  then  want  it  in  their  vicinity. 
Plenty  room  for  more  clubs,  boys.  Ours  goes  to 
Belleville,  first  if  it  moves  at  all.  This  is  for  the 
entire  Order,  C.  P.  R.-C.  N.  R.  and  G.  R.,  and 
especially  for  relaxation  of  the  boys  on  the  Sixth 
and  Seventh  Districts. 

The  December  20th  meeting  at  Port  Hope  was 
a  howling  success  from  every  standpoint.  All  the 
night  men  from  Trenton  to  Port  Union,  inclusive, 
except  one  were  present;  also  two  day  men  and 
one  extra.  The  boys  expected  a  dispatcher  to 
attend,  as  the  chief  had  an  invitation,  but  he 
failed  to  put  in  an  appearance.  The  meeting  was 
for  tlie  good  of  the  service,  and  passes  were 
extremely  hard  to  get. 

It  was  called  to  order  at  10  a.  m.  by  Bro. 
Snyder,  assistant  local  chairman.  Minutes  of 
previous  meeting  read  and  approved;  schedule 
discussed  and  all  reported  satisfied  with  the  efforts 
of  our  committee.     Next  meeting  January  20th. 

No  card,  no  favors. 

One  old  non,  who  once  held  a  card,  says  he 
started  in  on  the  Grand  Trunk,  but  apparently 
he's  not  very  much  interested  in  his  start  or  he 
would  use  the  extra  increase  he  received  and 
buy  another  card.  You  fellows  mostly  know 
where  he  is,  and  act  accordingly. 

A  Kicker,  Cert.   1801. 

Fifteenth   District— 

Bro.  J.  E.  Horning,  North  Parkdale  Jet,  days, 
has  lined   up  again. 

Bro.  Bill  Rollings  has  returned  from  his  honey- 
moon trip.  Bro.  Bob  Knox,  who  relieved  him  at 
Weston,  is  now  relieving  Bro.  W.  A.  Brent  at 
Brampton  nights,  on  vacation. 

A  certain  agent  on  this  district  is  wondering  why 
the  O.  R.  T.  did  not  get  him  more  than  $5.00  raise. 
The  rest  of  the  boys  know  why.  Certain  other 
agents  who  got  a  substantial  raise  and  were  pro- 
moted to  city  agencies  will  shortly  realize  that 
they  are  no  better  than  the  dispatchers  and  other 
agents  who  are  up-to-date  members  of  the  O.  R.  T. 
and  that  the  company  has  no  more  respect  for 
them  than  for  us,  if  as  much. 

Bro.  Wagner,  who  holds  an  up-to-date  card  in 
Grand  Division  since  1892,  is  relieving  Harry 
Holmes  at  Acton  West,  who  took  some  kind  of 
a  stroke  and  was  ordered  by  the  doctor  tp  take 
several  weeks*  rest. 

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Bro.  R.  W.  Loftus,  relief  agent,  relieved  Bro. 
Bill  Middl^ton  while  he  was  distributing  the  in- 

Glad  to  see  Bro.  W.  Waugh,  at  Baden,  land  a 
$10.00  raise.  He  says  the  Sunday  overtime  alone 
is  worth  the  price  of  the  dues. 

Bro.  Bill  Cober  deserves  his  $13.00  raise.  He 
has  straightened  up  the  accounts  at  New  Ham- 
burg agency  to  the  satisfaction  of  all  concerned 
since  he  went  there  as  agent. 

The  telegraph  staff  at  Stratford  has  been  re- 
duced and  Bro.  Bobbie  Hyde  is  relieving  Bro. 
Chace  Leavitt,  holidaying  in  St.  Catharines. 

Bro.  Bill  Rife,  of  St.  Pauls,  is  holidaying  in 
Detroit,  relieved  by  Bro.  T.  G.  Connel,  and  he  at 
Pinkerton  by  Mr.  BIythe,  of  Hepworth. 

Bro.  Jim  Egan,  the  genial  agent  at  St.  Marys, 
will  be  a  valuable  acquisition  to  our  monthly 

Bro.  W.  J.  Dore  has  lined  up,  making  the  west 
end  solid. 

Bro.  Archie  McKay,  relieving  agents  all  sum- 
mer, is  back  at  Parkhill  days,  vice  Bro.  Duffus, 
to  Forest,  his  home  town  nights. 

Bro.  Cusack,  at  Blackwell,  was  raised  from 
operator  to  agent  by  new  schedule  and  given  a 
$10.00  raise  on  January  Ist. 

Bro.  W.  Craig,  agent  Malton,  attended  the 
"pearl  wedding"  for  his  parents  in  Ailsa  Craig  on 
December  12th,  relieved  by  Bro.  Bobbie  Hyde. 

The  new  $40,000  depot  at  Stratford  was 
formally  opened  on  December  17th.  A  special 
train  bearing  officials  from  every  department  of 
the  G.  T.  R.  was  run  from  Montreal  to  Stratford, 
and  was  the  first  train  to  stop  at  the  new  station. 
Upon  its  arrival  the  G.  T.  R.  band  from  Stratford 
shops,  the  finest  organization  of  its  kind  in  the 
city,  struck  up  "0  Canada,"  after  which  the 
officials  w^re  met  by  the  Mayor  and  City  Council 
and  Stratford  Board  of  Trade  and  conveyed  in 
automobiles  to  the  city  hall,  where  a  magnificent 
banquet  was  tendered  them,  showing  that  the 
Stratford  people  appreciate  what  the  G.  T.  R.  has 
done  for  their  city.  The  old  station  was  torn 
down  December  22d. 

Bro.  Neil  Zinger,  dispatcher  C.  P.  R.  at  Regina, 
is  visiting  at  Guelph  and  other  points.  Neil 
worked  in  "OD"  before  going  West  and  it  seems 
like  old  times  to  see  him  again. 

Cert.  1469. 

London  Division,  Seventeenth  District — 

Wish  all  the  brothers  a  happy  New  Year.  Most 
of  us  will  have  reason  to  be  hapf)y  with  that  new 
schedule  helping  us  to  stand  the  "increased  cost 
of  living." 

Would  be  very  glad  if  some  brother  cast  of 
Hamilton  would  furnish  us  with  a  little  of  the 
doings  down  on  that  end  each  month  by  the  15th 
at  the  latest.  Forward  your  items  to  Bro.  Mal- 
colm at  Woodstock  and  he  will  turn  them  over 
to  me. 

Our  first  meeting  held  at  London  on  December 
3d  wag  not  very  well  attended,  but  hope  for  better 

things  in  the  future.  Bro.  Eddy  went  into  the 
workings  of  the  new  schedule,  which  you  should 
now  have  a  copy  of.  We  also  had  some  interesting 
addresses  by  several  of  the  local  members. 

Bros.  McAllister  and  Gilpin  are  now  at  Sarnia 
tunnel  regular. 

Bro.  Hay,  of  Kingscourt  Jet.,  recently  relieved 
Bro.  Newman  at  Watford,  who  relieved  Bro.  Dunn, 
nights  at  Woodstock,  relieving  Local  Chairman 
Malcolm,  at  Toronto  adjusting  the  working  of  the 
new  schedule.  Bro.  Wade,  Hyde  Park  Jet.,  relieved 
Bro.  Malcolm  while  he  was  on  committee  work. 

Bro.  Burke  has  been  appointed  agent  at  Jnger- 
soll,  relieved  there  days  by  Bro.  Davidson,  of  the 
C.  N.  R.,  with  Mr.  McLcod,  a  new  man,  on  nights. 

Bro.  Campbell  has  been  appointed  agent  at 
Hickson,  relieved  by  Bro.  Mowat  at  Paris  Jet. 
days.  Bro.  Atkinson,  "Z"  nights,  is  doing  the 
night  stunt,  and  Bro.  Swales  is  at  "DS"  nights. 

Bro.  Meredith,  Harrisburg  nights,  on  two  weeks* 
vacation,  was  relieved  by  L.  Kinder,  from  the 
Hamilton   Division. 

It  is  now  Bro.  McDonald  at  Copetown  nights, 
and  Mr.  Vrooman,  the  agent,  and  Mr.  Hodgins, 
agent  "GN,"  promise  to  be  with  us  first  of  the 
new   year,  also   Mr.   Barnes,   Jet.   Cut. 

Bro.  J.  G.  Aikman,  of  Hamilton  office,  now 
regular  on  London  third,  west  end;  Bro.  Robinson 
on  second,  and  Bro.  Taylor  on  first.  Bro.  Bishop 
on  second  east  end  and  Mr.  Brent  on  third.  Re- 
lief dispatchers  are  Bros.  Goodwin  and  Vail. 

Chief  Dispatcher  Dunn,  at  Brantford,  has  re- 
signed, succeeded  by  A.  F.  Sharpe,  night  chief 
at  London,  and  he  by  W.  M.  Doherty. 

A.  H.  King,  for  a  number  of  years  agent  at 
Ingersoll,  is  now  agent  for  the  C.  N.  R.  at  OtUwa. 

Hamilton  Division,  Seventeenth  District — 

A  very  successful  meeting  was  held  at  Hamilton 
on  the  evening  of  December  5th  when  General 
Chairman  Bro.  Eddy  gave  a  thorough  understand- 
ing of  the  new  schedule.  The  following  were  pres- 
ent: Bros.  Diltz,  Bront,-  Heldman  and  Galbraith, 
Burlington  Jet.;  Patton,  Lynden  Jet;  Arnup,  Har- 
risburg; Foster,  Branchton;  Turner,  Dundas; 
Owens  and  Stone,-  Brantford;  Roderick,  Stoney 
Creek;  Bradley,  Grimsby;  Quarrier,  Cross  and 
Cross,  Hamilton,  and  Malcolm,  Woodstock. 

Stoney  Creek  is  now  solid,  since  the  addition 
of  Bro.  Clark.  Grimsby  has  also  sustained  her 
honor  with  Bros.  Bradley  and  Smart. 

It  is  now  Bro.  Perdue,  nights  at  St.  Catharines, 
and  Bro.  Butler,  Welland  Canal  days. 

Boys,  get  after  the  rest  of  the  nons,  and  boost 
the   averages. 

Bro.  Malcolm  asks  me  to  add  the  following: 
"The  first  month's  increase,  not  to  exceed  $10,  goes 
to  build  up  the  Order.  Remit  promptly  to  Bro. 
Shaw  at  London.  We  are  on  an  equal  footing 
with  the  best  roads  in  the  country  now,  with  a 
good,  substantial  membership,  and  by  the  middle 
of  the  year  should  have  the  system  about  solid." 

CWT.  1458, 

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Twtnty-second,  Twenty-third  and  Twenty-fourth 

Bro.  Dopfer,  Shallow  Lake,  is  on  vacation,  re- 
lieved by  Mr.  Dolphin. 

Bro.  Donald  Mc Bride,  agent  Hepworth,  and  Bro. 
C  L.  King,  of  Kincardine,  are  among  our  latest 

P.  Quiglejr,  of  Wiarton,  will  be  with  us  next 
month,  which  will  clear  up  the  last  of  the  nons 
between  Stratford  and  Wiarton,  also  Mr.  Sutton, 
agent  Holstein,  which  will  clean  up  the  Durham 
line;   thanks  to  Bro.  Towner. 

Bro.  G.  Reid,  of  Tavistock,  is  now  agent  at 
desley,  vice  Bro.  J.  Rose,  deceased. 

Mr.  Goodier,  at  Southampton,  who  got  a  $10 
raise,  the  only  non  on  the  Southampton  branch, 
will  soon  be  on  pension. 

Jim  Murray,  of  Ethfl.  who  got  a  $20  raise  on 
January  Ist,  has  been  unfortunate  lately,  having 
lost  his  youngest  child.  The  boys  extend  their 
sympathy.  When  Jim  lines  up  the  Kincardine 
branch   will  be  solid. 

Bro.  G.  McCallum,  of  Gait,  who  got  a  $5.00 
raise  sent  in  at  once  for  a  card,  although  near 
pension  age.  His  two  operators,  W.  We'r  and  J. 
H.  Bone,  also  participated  in  the  increase  and  will 
soon  join. 

Bro.  E.  A.  Pattison,  of  Brucefield,  a  non-tele- 
graph station,  received  a  $25  increase  and  imme- 
diately got  a  card,  making  the  Twenty-fourth 
District  solid. 

Bro.  McTaggart,  local  chairman,  of  Blyth,  only 
has  about  eight  nons  left  out  of  a  total  of  eighty- 
two  positions,  and  nearly  all  of  these  will  be  in 
by  the  end  of  January. 

Twenty-first  District — 

C  W.  Staib,  agent  Pt  Dover,  who  got  a  $7.50 
raise,  promises  for  January,  also  D.  Groat,  Norwich 
Jet.,  which  will  make  the  Pt  Dover  line  solid. 

Bro.  R.  J.  Campbell,  Paris  Jet.  days,  is  the  new 
agent  at  Hickson,  vice  Bro.  A.  Garke,  transferred 
to  Dublin  agency. 

Twentieth  District — 

Mr.  Skelton,  agent  Onondaga,  has  reconsidered 
his  resignation. 

Mr.  Ollenbittle,  Caledonia  nights,  resigned,  suc- 
ceeded by  Bro.  Stone,  a  brother  of  Dispatcher 
Stone  at  Brantford. 

Bro.  W.  Salkeld,  agent  Caledonia,  and  Bro.  J. 
Robertson,   days,   are   two   of   our  latest  converts. 

Mr.  Thompson,  agent  Canfield,  has  retired  on 
pension,  relieved  by  W.  G.  McCuUa  pending  bulle- 
tin, and  he  by  Bro.  Holly,  of  Brantford  freight 

Bro.  M.  J.  Byrne,  agent  Bright,  and  Bro.  H.  C. 
Elder,  cashier  Goderich  freight  office,  have  lined 
np  again,  and  Mr.  Loth,  Tavistock  Jet.  days,  who 
has  been  appointed  agent,  will  line  up  in  January. 
Bro.  J.  J.  Howard  transferred  to  Dunnville  nights, 
and  Tavistock  Jet  nights  closed. 

A.  O.  Pattison.  agent  Clinton,  promises  ^o  line 
op  at  once,  also  R.  J.  Parker,  relieving  Bre. 
Sparling  at  Goderich,  while  undergoing  an  opera- 
tion io    Stratford  Hospital. 

Bro.  J.  W.  Manning,  agent  Sebringville,  got  an 
$18  raise  and  got  a  card  at  once,  and  Bro.  Bret- 
hauer,  who  has  been  relieving  on  the  Northern 
Division,  now  carries  an  up-to-date. 

Merritton  dispatching  office  is  solid.  Bro.  G. 
A.    Brawley    being    the    latest    addition. 

Bridgebury  dispatching  office  is  also  solid,  Bro. 
F.  Ryan  being  the  last  to  get  in  line.  Bro.  Ed. 
Weston,  of  "NA**  Montreal,  is  another  new  mem- 
ber. Cbbt.   1469. 

Grand  Trunk  Western  Ry.— 

We  are  now  working  under  our  new  schedule, 
and  should  all  endeavor  to  show  our  appreciation 
of  it  by  being  on  the  job,  and  also  to  be  alive  to 
the  interest  of  our  Order  and  not  lose  sight  of  a 
non.  We  all  appreciate  jthe  way  the  boys  are 
asking  for  application  blanks.  They  have  all  to 
gain  and  nothing  to  lose. 

The  old  depot  at  Imlay  City.  Mich.,  has  been 
overhauled,  and  the  boys  now  have  a  much  better 
and  larger  office  to  work  in. 

We  will  soon  be  holding  meetings  regularly 
again  at  the  main  points  along  the  line.  All  should 
attend  and  talk  •  matters  over  and  .  get  a  better 
understanding  with  each  other.  General  Chair- 
man Eddy  has  promised  to  be  with  us  at  as  many 
meetings  as  possible. 

Phones  are  b^'ing  installed  at  the  interlocking 
towers,  whether  telegraph  offices  or  not,  so  that 
the  men  will  know  where  the  trains  are,  but  will 
not  be  used  by  them  for  reporting  trains. 

Electric  lights  being  put  in  at  all  available  sta- 
tions will  make  it  a  great  deal  better  for  the  men 
at  these   points. 

We  are  glad  to  note  the  interest  the  dispatchers 
are  taking  in  the  Order,  and  most  of  those  who 
have  not  yet  come  in  have  promised  to  do  so. 

Bro.  A.  J.  Spiess,  agent  Bad  Axe,  Mich.,  advises 
us  of  the  opening  of  the  D.  &  H.  branch  Novem- 
ber 29th,  doing  a  good  business  with  a  nice  new 
depot  and  a  fine  engine  house  and  yards.  The 
P.  O.  &  N.  trains  now  run  through  from  Pontiac 
to  Bad  Axe  with  stub  trains  to  Caseville.  Bro. 
Spiess  was  relieved  as  agent  at  Cass  City  by  Bro. 
Wager,  former  agent  at  Clifford.  H.  Livingston, 
the  telegrapher  at  his  station,  will  soon  be  with 
us.  Bro.  J.  D.  Hoffmaster,  from  Cass  City,  is 
now  agent  at  Cliflford. 

It  is  now  Bros.  F.  C.  Lee,  Schoolcraft;  E.  F. 
Cody,  Battle  Creek,  and  E.  Coswell,  Pigeon,  Mich. 

Bro.  H.  S.  Harmon,  agent  Emmett,  recently 
spent  two  days  in  Port  Huron  with  Bro.  O.  M. 
Hilderbridle,    agent    at    Goodells. 

Bro:  Card,  of  Valparaiso,  has  the  promise  of 
seven  new  members  on  the  west  end,  which  leaves 
very  few  there  without  a  card. 

The  meeting  at  South  Bend,  December  29th,  was 
pretty  well  attended. 

Bro.  James  Dewar  is  back  on  first  Capac  again. 
He  was  quarantined  at  his  home  some  time  on 
account  of  diphtheria.  The  depot  there  was  set 
on  fire  recently  owing  to  the  explosion  of  a  lamp, 
putting  the  wires  and  phones  out  of  commission 
for  several   hours. 

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Bro.  Shea,  first  Imlay  City,  was  off  a\few  days 
recently,  relieved  by  Mr.  Swihart,  who  will  soon 
be  with  us. 

We  hope  that  each  member  and  also  the  nons 
will  contribute  their  first  month's  increase  an  pay 
to  the  Order,  and  each  member  also  pay  his  dues 
promptly,  so  as  to  put  our  division  in  a  good 
financial  standing. 

All  vacancies  will  now  be  bulletined  by  a  "23" 
message  over  the  wire.  Any  who  do  not  receive 
it  should  notify  the  local  chairman,  so  the  boys 
will  get  this  benefit  that  rightfully  belongs  to  them. 

Send  in  all  the  news  you  can,  boys,  so  we  can 
have  a  good  write-up  each  month.  "Stub." 

Prairie  Division,  Districts  One,  Two  and  Three — 

The  Mellville  meeting  on  December  1st  was 
called  to  order  at  8  p.  m.,  Bro.  Harrop  in  the 
chair.  Other  brothers  present  were  Thresher, 
McDonald  and  Armstrong,  of  Mellville;  Seshaye, 
Fen  wood  and  Canton,  of  Birmington;  and  Brewer, 
Atwater  and  Swar,  of  Lazare.  The  small  turnout 
was  owing  to  the  grain  rush  and  so  many  trains 
moving  that  operators  and  agents  could  not  be 

Bro.  Harrop's  idea  that  we  have  a  ball  and 
supper  was  heartily  endorsed  by  all  present,  and 
on  motion  of  Bro.  McDonald,  seconded  by  Bro. 
Thresher,  the  following  committee  on  arrangements 
was  appointed:  M.  D.  Thompson,  chairman;  J.  W. 
Armstrong,  P.  G.  Williams,  J.  S.  McDonald,  W. 
Thresher,  E.  W.  Rattigan,  R.  Evans  and  P.  M. 

The  committee  is  to  set  the  date,  about  January 
23,  1914,  and  make  all  arrangements.  Number  of 
tickets  not  to  exceed   150;  admission,  $2.00. 

Night  operator  at  Uno  discharged  for  missing 
train  order.  Watch  your  orders,  boys,  and  keep 
things  moving  straight  during  the  rush.  The  dis- 
patchers are  very  busy  and  we  must  help  them  all 
we  can. 

New  night  man  at  Lazare. 

Mr.  Henery  got  his  blanks  and  will  soon  be  Bro. 
His  wife  is  some  operator,  too;  he  is  lucky. 

We  are  all  glad  to  see  Bro.  and  Mrs.  Phillips 
back  to  Goodcve  again.  He  was  operated  on  in 
Winnipeg   successfully   for   appendicitis. 

Bro.  Nupert  and  wife  are  very  comfortably  set- 
tled at  Uno. 

Wish    some   of  the   boys   on   the   west  and   east 
end  would  send  me  some  itemff  before  the  20th  of 
the  month,  so  I  can  get  them  in  before  the  28th. 
G.  A.  S.,  Cert.   1101,  Larare,  Manitoba. 

Wabash  R.  R. 

Peru  Dii'ision — 

Since  our  committee  has  had  a  conference  with 
Mr.  Miller,  who  couldn't,  under  financial  conditions 
of  the  Wabash,  grant  us  an  increase,  but  has  se- 
cured for  us  a  meeting  with  the  receivers  as  soon 
after  Christmas  as  consistent,  it  behooves  us  to 
work  together  and  show  a  solid  front  when  we 
resume  postponed  negotiations. 

Pay  your  dues  up  promptly  at  the  1st  of  1914, 
and  make  good  our  slogan  for  1914,  "Wabash  solid 
O.  R.  T." 


You  gain  nothing  by  dropping  your  card  over 
some  imaginary  grievance.  Some  are  inclined  to 
do  this,  if  we  are  not  successful  at  times.  If  we 
do  not  give  our  committee  support,  what  can  we 
expect?  So  pay  your  dues  up-to-date;  go  about 
it  in  the  right  way  and  we  will  accomplish  more 
than  if  we  were  divided. 

There  is  a  certain  brother  who  is  teaching  a 
student  without  permission  from  our  president  or 
of  the  superintendent  If  this  practice  is  not  dis- 
continued or  adjusted  with  the  above  named 
officials,  charges  will  be  preferred  against  htm,  as 
outlined  in  our  constitution  and  by-laws. 

As  seniority  lists  have  been  mailed  to  all  sta- 
tions, will  correct  same  to  January  1st  as  soon  as 
possible  to  do  so.  Look  for  notice  in  next  issue 
of  Thb  Tblbgraphbk. 

Try  to  line-up  all  the  nons  around  you,  and 
see  that  they  get  an  up-to-date  card  and  help  sup- 
port the  committee  in  its  efforts  to  better  their 
conditions  as  well  as  our  own.  Enforce  the  motto: 
"No  card,  no  favors,"  and  remember  the  slogan 
for  1914,  "Wabash,  Banner  Route,  Solid  O.  R.  T." 
R.  D.  Hamer,  Peru  Jet.,  went  to  No.  93's  wreck 
at  WooAum,  making  $3  for  the  call.  He  was  re- 
lieved, while  on  leave  of  absence,  by  H.  Brooks, 
from  Grabill. 

H.  O.  Eviston  relieved  King  on  first  "GS"  tower 
one  day. 

F.  O.  Cole  relieved  C.  H.  Terry  agent  Blakes- 
ley,  while  he  was  in  the  superintendent's  office  at 
Peru,  on  statistics. 

J.  H.  Dow  resigned  and  went  to  Grand  Rapids, 
Mich.,  relieved  temporarily  at  C.  &  O.  Jet.  by 
R.  H.  James  later  relieved  by  Roy  Randies,  from 
State  Line,  when  he  relieved  J.  S.  Rizar  at  West 
Peru,  while  on  committee  work  in  St,  Louis,  later 
relieving  E.  N.  Drake,  third  Tillon.  J.  R.  Miller, 
a  new  man,  relieved  James  at  West  Peru,  by  Uk- 
ing  second  there;  L.  R.  Cochrane  going  back  on 

R.  M.  Herrold  resigned  and  went  to  the  P.  M. 
at  Grand  Rapids,  Mich. 

L.  T.  Agnew  relieved  H.  O.  Eviston,  at  West 
Unity,  who  went  on  the  extra  list. 

P.  B.  Lighty,  on  leave  of  absence  in  California 
returned  and  resumed  second  at  Danville,  reported 
that  he  had  a  fine  trip.  Operator  White  left  second 
Danville  and  took  ticket  agency  at  LaFayette  per- 
manent; regular  agent  going  to  Chicago  in  general 
passenger  agent's  office. 

The  C.  &  E.  I.  have  granted  their  men  a  5 
per  cent  increase,  and  they  are  in  the  hands  of  a 
receiver,  so  there  is  no  reason  why  we  shouldn't 
do  as  well  or  better,  if  we  will  keep  up-to-date  and 
get  in  the  nons. 

I  wish  to  thank  the  boys  who  sent  me  notes  for 
this  issue,  and  wish  you  would  come  again,  and 
help  me  to  keep  the  news  circulating.  Address  me 
at  Danville,  Station  "C." 

R.  H.  James,  Div.  Cor.,  Cert.  2457  at  "Q." 

Decatur  Dii'ision — 

Working  on  a  railroad  one  meets  a  great  num- 
ber of  "hobos."  They  are  among  all  classes  of 
people.  Every  hobo  has  an  excuse  for  being  a 
hobo,  and  every  non  will  give  you  an  excuse  for 

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being  a  non.  Evidently  neither  of  thera  are  proud 
of  being  a  hobo  or  a  non,  as  it  is  not  right  for 
them  to  be  la  either  of  those  classes.  There  is 
*nmcthing  wrong  about  a  thing  you  are  not  proud 
of.  and  you  don't  have  to  make  an  excuse  for  being 
or  doing  right.  I  have  been  a  union  man  all  my 
b'fe,  have  watched  unionism  for  the  last  twenty 
years,  and  I  am  proud  to  say  that  I  still  believe 
in  unionism.  A  great  many  do  not  understand 
that  unionism  means  brotherly  love;  and  the  man 
or  woman  who  holds  an  up-to-date  card  and  ridi- 
cules a  brother  for  his  nationality  or  religion  is 
not  imbued  with  the  proper  union  principles.  This 
great  Americmn  country  would  never  have  been 
free,  had  men  refused  to  stand  shoulder  to 
shoulder,  because  one  was  a  Catholic,  another  a 
Baptist,  etc.  We  must  forget  our  little  personal 
differences,  and  show  the  nons  by  our  actions 
towards  each  other  that  we  are  really  brothers 
anl  sisters,  and  show  by  our  loyalty  to  our  em- 
ployers what  unionism  really  is,  and  they  will  soon 
learn  tbey  can  not  afford  to  be  on  the  outside. 
They  nc«d  education  as  badly  as  the  man  who 
goes  to  church  without  an  honest  purpose  in  his 
heart  to  do  right.  If  a  man  goes  to  church  with 
the  same  kind  of  a  heart  that  some  men  go  into 
the  union  with,  the  church  won't  reap  any  benefit 
from  him.  nor  will  he  from  the  church,  because 
his  heart  is  wrong. 

Let  us  have  some  meetings,  and  every  brother 
get  a  non  to  attend  just  one  of  those  meetings, 
their  employers  won't  think  any  less  of  them  for 
being  union  men,  and  the  brothers  will  think  more 
of  them.  I  know  several  nons  personally  who  tell 
me  they  have  wives  and  mothers  to  support,  and 
can  not  afford  to  join,  but  every  time  I  see  them 
they  have  a  large  cigar  in  their  face.  Now  a 
union  card  means  just  one  less  cigar  a  day. 
Unionism  means  some  sacrifice,  brotherly  love  and 
loyalty,   not  strikes  and  disorder. 

Don't  be  like  the  Irishman  who  as  soon  as  he 
joined  the  union  wanted  to  have  a  strike,  and 
when  the  president  told  him  they  were  not  going 
to  have  a  strike  at  all,  wanted  to  know  what  was 
the  union  good  for,  if  they  couldn't  have  a  strike. 
Unionism  means  better  conditions  and  more 
wages,  but  don't  blame  our  committeemen  if  they 
don't  get  these  things  for  us,  when  so  many  will 
remain  on  the  outside  and  do  nothing  morally  or 
financially  to  help  secure  these  concessions. 
Brothers,  thorough  organization  is  what  we  need, 
so  give  the  nons  no  rest  until  they  come  over  on 
our  side  of  the  fence.  If  they  don't  do  this,  and 
are  forgotten  in  the  next  schedule,  they  will  have 
no  one  to  blame  but  themselves,  and  all  their  kick- 
ing will  amount  to  nothing. 

Bro.  C.  £.  Hulse,  third  Osman,  on  vacation,  was 
reHercd   by  Mr.  Settles,  a  new  man. 

No.  11  lost  her  bell,  December  11th,  about  a 
mile  north  of  Osman.  Lucky  it  dropped  off  be- 
tween  stations. 

The  preachers  say  a  ''back  slider"  is  worse  than 
a  man  who  has  never  been  converted.  Just  the 
same  in   the  O.    R.  T. 

Brothers,  if  you  did  not  read  "Carrying  the 
Mail,"  page  1879,  November  Tklbgiapher,  do  so, 
and  then  write  your  protest  to  President  Perham. 

Let   us   all   do   our   t>&rt   to   get   this   job   off   our 
shoulders,  it  certainly  don't  belong  there. 

Mr.  Holmes,  from  Cornell,  who  visited  his  par- 
ents at  Spencer,  Sunday,  December  14th,  will  soon 
get  in  line  now. 

C.  L.  Gamoll,  from  Chicago  Ridge  tower,  is  now 
agent  at  Steele  and  New  Lenox,  relieving  Ex-Bro. 
Watrous,  who  has  gone  to  the  Michigan  Central. 
Gamoll  hat  no  use  for  labor  organizations;  previous 
to  securing  the  last  schedule,  his  position  paid  $45 
and  now  pays  $65. 

Brisbane  is  now  solid. 

Bro.  Lynk,  recently  from  the  1.  C.  at  Freeport, 
was  relieved  recently  by  Extra  Hess,  on  third  at 
Manhattan,   pending   bulletin. 

Bro.  Nichols  relieved  Mr.  Nelson  at  Gibson  City, 
who  relieved  Agent  Walker  at  Forrest. 

A  change  was  made  in  Streator  agency  nearly 
two  years  ago,  but  no  bulletin  as  provided  in 
schedule.     Why? 

Bro.  Steinheimer  spent  Thanksgiving  day  out 
in  the  country  near  Boody.  R.  Heerdt,  agent 
Boody,  while  visiting  friends  in  Kansas  City  re- 
cently, was  relieved  by  Bro.  Steinheimer,  and  he 
by  Bro.  Tryon,  who  later  went  to  StauntQn  third. 
Bro.  Skelton  and  Sister  O'Neill  have  now  resumed 
on  second  and  third  Staunton. 

Assistant  Superintendent  Ocheltree  has  moved 
from   Decatur  to  Forrest. 

Bro.  Wolf,  agent  Melminc,  recently  spent  Sun- 
day with  his  parents  in  Chicago. 

Bro.  Nash  made  a  trip  over  the  Ninth  District 
recently  and  secured  several  applications. 

Mr.  Case,  third  Litchfield,  bid  in  first  Staunton, 
and  Bro.  Newlin  bid  in  Stewardson  agency. 

Many  thanks  to  those  who  assisted  in  this,  and 
hope  you  will  all  be  back  next  month. 

R.  Vrech,  Cerro  Gordo,  111.,  Cert.  1613. 

Springfield  Division — 

Your  general  committee  desires  the  earnest  sup- 
port of  every  member,  in  order  to  obtain  an  in- 
crease for  the  Wabash  telegraphers. 

Items  are  very  scarce  this  month,  as  I  have  not 
been  at  home  to  keep  in  touch  with  the  different 

Bro.  Abbott,  agent  Dawson,  local  chairman,  was 
relieved  by  Extra  Constant,  while  on  general  com- 
mittee work. 

Agent  Pence,  Hersman,  off  visiting,  was  relieved 
by  Mr.  Peacock,  a  new  man. 

Bro.  Zimmerman,  agent  Maysville,  off  a  few 
days  recently,  was  relieved  by  Extra  Bass,  who 
also  relieved  Bro.  Stead,  third  Griggsville,  who 
relieved  Bro.  Driscoll,  the  agent  there,  while  on 
a  hunting  trip. 

Bro.  Klinefelter,  agent  Alexander,  on  vacation, 
was  relieved  by  Extra  Fairny,  a  new  man. 

The  man  who  has  been  at  Mt.  Sterling  agency 
has  been  relieved  by  former  Bro.  J.  E.  Conrey, 
ticket  agent  for  the  Illinois  Traction  System.  We 
hope  he  will  soon  be  with  us  again. 

Bro.  M.  B.  Stead  has  returned  from  his  ten 
days'  honeymoon  trip  to  Kansas  City  and  Okla- 
homa points. 

Bro.  Guinan,  second  Kinderhook,  visited  friends 
at  Mt.  Sterling  recently.  Cert.  748. 

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Moberly    Division — 

Bro.  Bcrthold,  third  Luther,  was  stricken  sick 
while  on  duty,  caused  by  eating  sardines.  After 
a  trip  to  St.  Mary's  Hospital,  he  is  all  right  again. 

Bittiker,  third  Brunswick,  relieved  Mr.  Messick, 
while  he  relieved  Night  Chief  Kelly  at  "GO"  re- 
cently. Bro.  Begole  was  also  at  "GO"  a  few  days, 
while  Mr.  Kelly  attended  a  Thanksgiving  wedding. 
Later  Bittiker  returned  to  "NA,"  relieving  Mr. 
Pike,  who  returned  to  "NE."  Bro.  Knappcn- 
berger  bid  in  second  Brunswick;  Mr.  Hofman  is 
on  third  there. 

Bro.  R.  Endicott,  agent  Dalton,  was  off  a  few 
days,  relieved  by  Bro.  Broadhurst,  who  relieved 
Bro.  E.  P.  Marion,  on  second  there,  when  he  went 
to  St.  Peters  agency.  Bro.  W.  P.  Marion  relieved 
Bro.  Broadhurst,  on  Dalton  third  while  Broad- 
hurst was  doing  relief  agent's  work. 

J.  J.  Clard  bid  in  Silver  City  agency,  putting 
first  Stanberry  on  bulletin. 

Mr.  Bershaw,  first  Carrollton,  got  Benton  City 

Bro.  Egbert  Thompscn,  off  a  few  days,  was  re- 
lieved by  Mr.  Derby,  from  Silver  City,  a  beginner. 

Bro.  Trimle,  agent  Cordovia,  has  returned  to 
Page  Ave. 

Thanks  to  Bro.  Davis  for  the  write-up  last 
month.  Brothers  on  the  High  Line,  please  send 
Bro.  Davis,  ^at  "BO,"  All  the  news  you  can,  and 
let's  have  a  good  write-up.  E.  P.  M. 

St.   Louis  Division — 

Bro.  Egbert,  Thompson,  is  on  thirty  days*  vaca- 
tion, with  his  family,  up  in  the  Dakotas. 

Bro.  Edgar  Powell,  Centralia,  was  off  a  few  days, 
taking  in   St:   Louis. 

Ero.  Shay,  High  Hill,  bid  in  Brunswick  agency, 
relieved  by  Bro.  Krome,  pending  bulletin. 

I  wish  to  correct  my  mistake  in  addressing  two 
of  our  old  and  reliable  sisters  as  the  Misses  Sadler. 

Bio.  Logan,  agent  Macon,  has  resigned,  relieved 
by  Bro.  Pike.  Sorry  to  lose  Bro.  Logan,  and  all 
wish   him   well. 

Bro.  Bittiker,  second  Luther,  on  vacation,  visit- 
ing relatives  in  Brunswick,  was  relieved  by  Bro. 
Carter,  from  Huntsville. 

R.  G.  Brotherton,  agent  Miami,  is  confined  to 
his  bed,  relieved  by  M.  J.  Scars. 

L.  E.  WilkinsoQ,  of  Shenandoah,  spent  a  few 
days   in   Moberly   recently,   on   company   business. 

V.  R.  Woods,  first  Carrollton,  pending  bulletin, 
relieved  on  second  by  Wm.  McCIanaban,  a  new 
man,  formerly  baggage  master  at  Norborne. 

H.  R.  Carter,  second  High  Hill,  while  on  the 
sick  list  was  relieved  by  Bro.  Williamson. 

Mr.  Woods,  agent  DeWitt,  on  vacation,  visiting 
relatives  in  Orrick,  was  relieved  by  Bro.  Knappen- 

Our  slogan,  "Be  an  Active  Member,"  is  not 
alone  urged  upon  those  who  attend  meetings,  but 
upon  every  one  to  promote  and  retain  a  solid  mem- 
bership on  each  of  the  various  divisions.  We  need 
but  a  few  more  new  names,  in  addition  to  lining-up 
the  few  delinquents,  to  make  us  solid.  If  you  are 
willing  to  help,  then  get  busy  at  once.  We  have 
for  a  long  time  been  talking  about  the  "Banner 
Route,"  and  must  make  good  now.     Each  one  per- 

form his  part  in  his  immediate  vicinity  and  guide 
all  nons  and  delinquents  into  the  right  path.  Your 
influence  and  a  personal  interview  may  have  even 
a  greater  effect  than  that  of  the  local  chair- 
men, who  have  interested  themselves  in  each  case 
but  arc  handicapped  by  reason  of  your  silence 
and  indifference,  construed  by  the  nons  to  mean 
that  you  are  satisfied  and  willing  to  pay  the  freight. 

Let  us  secure  all  the  new  members  we  possibly 
can,  our  reward  will  be  greater  if  every  member 
will  help  get  in  the  nons,  and  render  the  company 
the  best  of  service,  and  when  it  is  time  for  the 
revising  of  the  schedule,  as  well  as  that  much 
needed  raise  in  salaries,  we  can  point  out  to  our 
officials  the  good  derived  by  their  recognition  of 
our   membership. 

Glad  to  see  Bro.  F.  M.  David,  of  "BO,"  taking 
the  interest  he  is  by  going  over  the  line  at  his 
own  expense,  endeavoring  to  line-up  the  boys  on 
the  High  Line.  "Go  as  far  as  you  like,"  we 
are  with  you.  C.  W.  Layton,  D.  C. 

Relay   Division — 

Bro.  Ryan,  from  -"JO,"  Decatur,  relieved  Mr. 
Singleton,  "XD,"  Decatur,  when  he  went  to  For- 
rest as  car  distributor. 

Temporary  Chief  Dispatcher  Slats,  Forrest,  has 
returned  to  Decatur  to  assume  his  former  duties 
as  car  distributor,  relieved  at  Forrest  by  Dispatcher 
E.   L.   Datson,  from  Decatur. 

Oscar  S.indberg,  working  as  extra  dispatcher  at 
Forrest,  relieved  at  "JS,"  Chicago,  by  Brennan, 
who  later  resuaied  to  look  after  his  fruit  farm  in 
Michigan,  relieved  by  J.  C.  Johnson,  from  Western 
Union,  Chicago 

Bro.  Nixon,  *GM,"  spent  Sunday  recently  with 
Extra  Dispatcher  Asbury  at  Moberly,  and  Mr. 
Horan,  **GM,"  visited  his  parents  there  a  few 

Mr.  Hicklin  is  now  chief  clerk  to  Superintendent 
Milton,  Kansas  City,  jelieved  as  manager  at  "KN," 
Kansas  City,  by  Mi*.  Allen,  and  he  on  second 
"KN"  by  Bro.  Jacobson,  from  Montgomery. 

Bro.  Nixon  and  Collins,  "GM,"  recently  made 
a  trip  to  Decatur.  We  will  soon  have  the  relay 
offices   solid   if   this   keeps   up. 

Car  Distributor  Eidson,  Moberly,  resumed  work 
after  a  ten  days'  vacation  with  his  parents  at 
Sturgeon.  Lavton,  Cert.  2147. 

Chicago  &.  Alton  R.  R. 

Western  Division — 

Our  Western  Division  bunch  are  good  stickers, 
but  very  slow  coming  up  with  items.  Boys,  if 
you  want  a  good  write-up  in  the  journal,  send 
items  to  your  local  chairman  about  the  20th,  so 
the  correspondent  can  get  them  in  before  the  28th. 

Bro.  V.  M.  Craig  has  returned  from  the  N.  P. 
to  the  "Only  Way,"  and  been  assigned  to  the  new 
third   trick  at    Pearl. 

Bro.  A.  W.  Pearson  bid  in  third  at  Nebo,  vice 
Read   to  third   Pleasant  Hill  temporarily. 

Straut  •third  abolished,  Bro.  Burr  going  on  extra. 

Mr.  Corbett  issues  bulletins  on  time,  and  his 
assignments  have  all  been  satisfactory.  , 

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I  am  indebted  to  Bro.  Maupin  for  most*  of  these 
items,  some  one  else  send  some  in  also. 

Did  it  ever  occur  to  you,  brothers,  that  the 
railroad  officials  had  decided  to  put  in  phones,  re- 
pladng  the  telegraph,  perhaps  for  one  reason  that 
it  is  eader  to  awaken  a  man  "in  the  hay**  by  "ring- 
ing a  bell,"  than  for  the  dispatcher  to  call  till  his 
arm  is  tired  on  the  former?  You  might  think  this 
over,  and  then  decide  that  it  would  be  well  to 
answer  your  calls  promptly.  If  you  do  not  like 
the  phone,  then  it  seems  you  should  try  and  give 
the  very  best  service  possible  on  the  "old  Morse." 
This  will  at  least  make  it  easier  for  the  dispatcher 
and  may  help  to  keep  the  old  favorite  in  use;  also 
see  that  you  never  violate  General  Rule  "G."  Sup- 
port your  committee  by  getting  after  the  nons  who 
are  wondering  "why  they  don't  do  something 
toward  getting  more  money,'*  and  show  them  that 
"they**  are  the  only  obstacle  in  the  way  of  our 
doing  so,  and  that  we  can  secure  all  that  "they" 
and  we  desire  by  coming  into  the  Order  at  once. 
A  committee  is  only  a  representative,  and  its  suc- 
cess in  conferring  with  the  management  depends 
wholly  upon  the  backing  the  men  on  a  road  give  it. 

Bro.  J.  A.  Sterner  has  returned  to  Armstrong 
from  his  vacation,  relieved  by  Sister  Hughes,  of 
G>rder,  now  at  Odessa  nights. 

Mr.  Preston,  of  Laddonia,  bid  in  Yates.  He 
should  now  show  his  appreciation  of  the  O.  R.  T. 
making  bidding  on  positions  possible,  by  taking  out 
a  card  at  once. 

It  is  now  time  to  pay  our  M.  B.  D.  assessments 
to  Bro.  Quick,  and  Order  dues  to  Bro.  McElhinney. 
Remit  at  once,  boys.  We  have  only  had  a  com- 
mittee op  twice,  and  our  schedule  speaks  for  itself. 
With  a  solid  membership  we  can  get  other  con* 
cessions  and  lots  better  working  conditions.  We 
might  have  the  committee  ask  for  annual  passes 
next  time  it  goes  up,  for  every  agent  and  operator 
who  has  been  in  the  service  five  years. 

The  article  entitled  "Carrying  the  Mails,"  be- 
ginning on  page  1879  of  the  November  journal, 
signed  "Parcel  Post  Packer,"  is  true  to  nature, 
and  I  hope  every  brother  and  sister  does  as  he 
suggests  and  starts  the  ball  rolling. 

Bro.  Ehmman,  cashier  of  Marshall,  has  joined 
"the  benedicts."     Congratulations. 

Mr.  Griffith,  relief  agent,  who  bid  in  Fulton, 
should  remember  that  it  was  the  O.  R.  T.  that 
made  it  possible  for  him  to  get  this  position,  and 
come  in  and  help  us  to  get  other  good  things  in 
store  for  us,   when   we  are  thoroughly   organized. 

L.  C. 

South  End — 

The  regular  quarterly  meeting  at  Blooraington, 
December  20th,  one  of  the  most  interesting  we 
have  ever  h^d,  was  called  to  order  at  8:30  p.  m., 
with  the  following  brothers  present:  E.  E.  Gent2, 
chairman;  H.  L.  Biajors,  secretary;  Thos.  Riley, 
doorkeeper;  C.  O.  Larkin,  W.  E.  Cook,  G.  C. 
ConncI,  R.  W.  Parent,  J.  L.  DcVault,  J.  O.  Robb, 
J.  E.  Winkler,  H.  J.  Nahan,  A.  V.  Manskey,  C. 
W.  Wright,  E.  L.  Deveson,  J.  F.  Magee,  W.  B. 
Sicith.  E.  R.  LaSalle.  E.  E.  Pfiefer.  E.  E.  Edgar 
and  F.  Burkdall. 

Very  interesting  addresses  were  made  by  a  num- 
ber of  the  boys,  several  letters  from  brothers  on 

the  line  that  were  unable  to  attend  were  read  and 
various  subjects  of  interest  to  the  craft  were  dis- 
cussed. It  was  expected  that  Bro.  Newman  would 
be  with  us,  but  being  tied  up  in  Cleveland  with 
the  Nickel  Plate  he  was  unable  to  attend. 

Mr.  Banes  bid  in  South  Joliet,  and  Mr.  Black- 
well  bid  in  second  "BR,"   Park. 

Bro.  Swanson  is  back  on  third  at  Joliet. 

South  End  Notes-— 

Bro.  Mooney  bid  in  Wann  third;  Mr.  Quimby, 
Wann  second,  vice  Bro.  Swanson,  transferred,  and 
Mr.   Shamberg  bid  in  Ashland  third. 

It  is  hoped  that  all  will  indorse  the  increase 
from  $4  to  $5  semi-annual  dues,  which  goes  into 
effect  the  first  of  the  year,  and  pay  up  promptly. 
It  takes  money  to  keep  a  committee  up  and  carry 
on   its  work. 

With  best 'wishes  of  the  season  to  all,  and  hopes 
for  aven  a  more  successful  year  in  1914. 

E.  E.  Edgar,  Div.  Cor. 

C,  St.  P.,  M.  A  O.  R.  R. 

Minnesota  and  Iowa  Division — 

Nearly  the  first  of  1914  and  no  snow  yet;  beauti- 
ful California  weather,  mercury   10  above. 

We  extend  our  sympathy  to  Bro.  J.  N.  Alvord 
and  wife,  owing  to  the  death  of  Mrs.  Ahrord's 
mother  at  Minneapolis.  Bro.  Alvord  was  relieved 
at  Mountain  Lake,  to  attend  the  funeral,  by  C.  D. 
Brooks,  who  later  went  to  St.  James  side  wire,  re- 
lieved by  I.  J.  Johnson,  and  he  at  Stone  by  J.  L. 

Bro.  A.  F.  Riedmiller  had  a  little  experience 
at  Ottawa,  and  he  in  now  taking  a  vacation  at 
home  in  Hospers  Bro.  Kleeman  is  at  Ottawa 
nights,  pending  bulletin. 

Bro.  Wm.  Richmond,  of  Lake  Crystal,  on  vaca- 
tion, was  relieved  by  Bro.  Peterson,  relieved  by 
Bro.  O.   S.   Brown,  from  the  Wisconsin   Division. 

Bro.  E.  T.  Brady  is  at  Su  City  shops  tempo- 
rarily, vice  J.  L.  Farmer. 

Bro.  O.  A.  Iverson,  relieving  Bro.  Dewar  at 
Wilder,  is  all  swelled  up  over  the  new  depot  they 
recently  moved  into  there. 

Bro.  and  Mrs.  Tomell  have  returned  from  their 
extended  wedding  trip  to  his  new  position  at 

Bro.  B.  J.  Funk,  of  Mankato,  is  again  baching, 
while  his  wife  is  visiting  relatives  in  the  Twin 

Bro.  W.  J.  A.  Maxfield,  Colfax,  Washington, 
sends  his  regards  to  the  Omaha  boys.  Included  a 
money  order  for  an  up-to-date.  He  writes  that 
the  W.  O.  R.  &  N.  boys  are  trying  to  secure  a  new 
schedule,  and  the  company  has  offered  them  a 
blanket  increase  of  $2.50  per  job.  If  they  are 
wise  they  will  stand  by  their  committee,  as  these 
voluntary  increases  generally  cover  a  strong  pur- 

Bro.  Shonka  bid  in  Minneopa  agency,  and  Bro. 
Williams  has  bid  on  the  night  job  there. 

Bro.  Frank  Morris,  of  Westbrook,  has  resigned. 

Bro.  and  Mrs.  Shier,  of  Garden  City,  spent  a 
few  hours  in  Mankato,  between  trains,  a  few  days 

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ago,  looking  for  "Santa."  Bro.  C.  W.  West,  of 
Vernon  Center,  transacted  business  at  Mankato, 
December  20th. 

Bro.  L.  L.  Frisby,  of  Luverne,  telegraphers* 
committeman,  while  attending  the  Safety  First 
meeting  at  St.  James,  was  relieved  by  I.  J.  John- 

General  Secretary  and  Treasurer  Tenncy  trans- 
acted business  with  /Local  Chairman  James 
Mathews  between  trains  at  Worthington,  Tuesday, 
midnight,  December  16th,  leaving  on  No.  )  and 
returning  on  No.  2. 

Bro.  O.  L.  Riedel,  of  Kasota,  had  the  mis- 
fortune to  slip  while  skating  and  sprained  his  arm. 
Bro.  Frantz,  who  relieved  him  one  night,  went  to 
Blue  Earth  third. 

Bro.  C.  M.  Butts  has  returned  to  Mitchell,  after 
a  few  days'  vacation. 

I  have  appointed  Bro.  G.  V.  Cook,  of  Avoca, 
and  Bro.  L.  L.  Frisby,  of  Luverne,  assistant  local 
chairmen.  They  are  well  known  to  the  boys  oa 
the  M.  &  I.  Division,  and  their  past  will  be  a 
far  better  introduction  than  anything  I  might  say. 
Tliey  will  help  to  keep  the  boys  enthused,  secure 
new  members  and  assist  in  keeping  up  the  organi- 
zation. Any  thing  you  may  do  to  help  these 
brothers  with  their  new  duties  and  cheer  them  on 
in  their  work,  will  be  most  thankfully  received. 
They  nave  been  clothed  with  an  organizer's  power 
to  solicit  dues  or  applications,  for  which  they  will 
issue  receipts. 

D.  O.  Tbnney,  Local  Chairman. 

To  many  the  following  will  come  as  a  surprise, 
and  also  as  a  regret,  as  their  acquaintance  with 
the  author  of  the  letter  has  been  very  agreeable 
and  pleasant. 

Tekamah,  Neb.,  December  16,  1913. 
To  the  Officers  of  Division  No.  Four: 

In  view  of  the  fact  that  my  railroad  duties 
continue  to  grow  heavier,  I  feel  that  I  can  not 
give  to  them,  and  the  work  of  local  chairman,  what 
they  are  entitled  to  without  slighting  one  or  the 
other.  As  the  former  means  my  bread  and  butter 
and  should  therefore  have  my  first  consideration, 
I  have  concluded  to  resign  as  local  chairman.  If 
my  work  as  local  chairman  has  been*  of  value  to 
Division  No.  4,  I  feel  that  I  have  been  amply  paid) 
for  my  exertions.  I  will  continue  to  keep  up  my 
membership  in  the  Order  and  stand  ready  to  do 
all  I  can  to  assist  my  successor  in  every  way 
possible.  Nothing  but  the  best  of  feeling  towards 
my  associates  and  other  officers  of  Division  No.  4 
exists.  But  I  feel  that  it  is  hardly  fair  for 
one  man  to  perform  all  this  work  on  a  particular 
division,  when  the  others  are  equal  beneficiaries 
in  the  results,  therefore  I  am  taking  this  step  to 
allow  some  one  else  a  chance  as  local  chairman. 
Yours  fraternally, 
James  Mathews,  Local  Chairman. 

It  is  indeed  gratifying  to  see  the  dues  rolling  in 
at  such  a  rapid  rate  and  strongly  arguments  tjie 
position  that  the  officers  of  Division  No.  4  Jiave 
always  taken,  viz.:  making  the  business  of  Divi- 
sion No.  4  a  "home-rule"  division.     There  should 

be  no  surprise  attached  to  this,  I  presume,  as  the 
membership  voted  in  the  $6.00  semi-annual  dues, 
instead  of  having  them  remain  at  $5.00.  The  great 
number  of  $6.00  money  orders  that  reach  us  every 
mail  goes  to  show  how  completely  you  are  endors- 
ing the  plan  laid  before  you  at  the  various  meet- 
ings and  by  letters  to  increase  the  dues  your- 
selves. Had  the  officers  of  Division  No.  4  in- 
creased the  dues,  which  they  had  the  privilege  of 
doing  with  a  majority  vote  of  the  general  commit- 
tee, without  submitting  it  to  a  vote  of  the  mem- 
bership, it  would  probably  not  have  met  with  the 
favor  that  the  heavy  remittances  now  being  re- 
ceived   indicate. 

We  arc  about  to  close  up  our  year's  work,  and 
it  is  befitting  that  I  take  this  time  and  oppor- 
tunity of  thanking  you  heartily  one  and  all  for  the 
splendid  support  you  have  given  me,  making  it  a 
pleasure  instead  of  a  burden  to  handle  your  busi- 
ness. And  in  closing  the  year's  work,  I  take  pride 
in  knowing  that  the  efforts  of  the  organization 
have  brought  sunshine  and  prosperity  to  the  homes 
of  its  constituents,  and  truly  trust  that  it  may 
continue  to  increase  this  ten-fold. 

I  wish  all  a  prosperous  and  happy  New  Year. 
D.  6.  Tbnney.  Gen'l  S.  &  T. 

Northern  District — 

The  "old  wind-jammer"  is  back  on  the  job. 
He  was  on  vacation  last  month,  got  b^ck  too  late 
to  send  in  any  items,  and  therefore  we  did  not 
have  a  write-up  in  the  December  journal.  But 
after  camping  in  the  woods  for  a  couple  of  weeks 
and  bringing  back  a  big  buck,  we  are  ready  for 
smother  year's  duty. 

We  wish  to  take  this  opportunity  of  wishing 
all  the  boys  a  happy  New  Year,  thanking  all  who 
have  interested  themselves  in  sending  me  items 
from  time  to  time,  and  hoping  we  will  get  your 
hearty  support  in  the  future  along  this  line. 

Bro.  Steiner,  with  one  of  those  flashes  of  good 
judgment  so  common  to  him,  has  appointed  "Ye 
Scribe"  assistant  under  him,  with  full  authority 
to  round  up  delinquents  from  January  1st  to 
December  31st  and  no  closed  season  on  nons, 
territory  extending^  from  Spooner  to  Duluth  and 
Ashland.     We  ask  that  you  deal  kindly  with  us. 

Bro.  A.  B.  Crowell,  who  relieved  Bro.  Stouffer, 
first  Shell  Lake,  also  relieved  Bro.  Ryan  at  Stan- 
ton for  a  week. 

Block  and  Signal  Inspector  Nordquist  was 
through  recently  on  a  tour  of  inspection. 

P.  Imislund,  second  Shell  Lake,  was  relieved 
three  nights  by  L.  W.  Crego. 

Bill  Kuhn  is  back  again  as  agent  at  Chetek. 
Bro.  Whittaker,  day  man  there  will  see  if  he  has 
an  up-to-date  in  due  time. 

We  are  glad  to  hear  that  our  old  friend  Bro. 
O.  P.  Ruide  has  been  appointed  assistant  local 
chairman  on  the  C.  F.  &  N.  Bro.  Ruide  has 
always  been  a  wide-awake,  conscientious  member, 
and  we  don't  believe  Bro.  Steiner  could  have  made 
a  better  choice  in  selecting  an  assistant. 

Bro.  Crowell  drew  Mason  on  November  bulletin, 
and  has  moved  his  family  there.  Matt  Carey,  who 
started  for  Chippewa  Falls  to  work,  was  nabbed  at 

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Spooner  and  put  on  third  there  a  few  days,  after 
which  he  went  home  for  several  days. 

We  understand  Bro.  Ryan  went  to  Solon  Springs 
during  bis  vacation  and  brought  back  a  deer. 

Bro.  J.  Siron,  first  New  Richmond,  while  off 
with  malaria,  was  relieved  by  Bro.  Swanson,  who 
bid  in  Clear  Lake  first.  Bro.  Runkle,  of  New 
Richmond  ticket  office,  while  at  St.  Paul  on  a  trial 
in  connection  with  a  recent  accident  there,  was 
relieved  by  I.  W.  Morris,  of  "NR"  freight  office. 

Bro.  Bartosic  is  now  on  Spooner  third  pending 
bulletin.  Mr.  King,  side  wire  man  at  Spooner,  has 
returned  from  vacation  down  in  Missouri. 

L.  E.  Knight,  Gordon  agency,  is  on  the  D.  & 
I.  R.,  replaced  by  Mr.  Nixon,  erstwhile  main  line 

Bro.  Tinker,  agent  Holcombe,  while  on  his  first 
vacation  this  fall  in  seven  years,  was  relieved  by 
Bro.  Crowell. 

Bro.  B.  Bergin,  of  Shell  Lake  third,  was  with 
his  folks  in  Minnesota  at  Christmas  time,  his  first 
visit  home  in  several  years. 

Bro.  Steiner,  at  Deer  Park,  reports  killing  a 
deer  in  his  yard.  All  that  saves  him  from  being 
branded  as  a  big  prevaricator  is  the  name  of  his 

We  hope  every  loyal-spirited  brother  who  reads 
this  will  try  his  best  to  get  in  every  non  in  his 
immediate  vicinity  and  help  make  this  division 
solid,  so  we  may  be  able  to  back  up  our  committee 
for  the  next  convention.  Considering  the  great 
concessions  our  committee  has  secured  every  year, 
there  is  no  reason  why  the  membership  on  this 
division  should  not  be  at  least  95  per  cent. 

Div.  Com. 

Eastern  District — 

By  the  time  this  reaches  you  one  more  prosper- 
ous  year  shall  have  been  checked  from  the  calen- 
dar, during  which  there  was  plenty  of  work  for 
•  all ;  but  at  this  writing  the  big  ax  has  been  descen- 
ing  on  a  lot  of  our  brothers,  making  a  clean 
sweep,  something  like  forty  positions  having  been 
abolished  on  the  system,  most  of  them  on  the 
Eastern  Division,  on  account  of  the  double  track 
and  automatics.  Stowell  nights  was  taken  out; 
day  man  at  Neillsville  taken  off,  Bro.  Campbell 
doing  his  own  telegraphing;  also  three  tricks  at 
Augusta,  Roberts  and  Baldwin,  and  two  at  Wood- 
ville,  and  numerous  clerk  jobs;  also  fourth  "MS," 
Bro.  Nordby  taking  Baldwin  agency. 

Business  is  very  dull  now.  It  takes  four  con- 
ductors to  run  the  way  freights  and  sometimes  two 
engineers.  We  hope  it  will  pick  up  after  the 
holidays,  or  a  few  more  will  get  their  heads 
chopped  off. 

There  is  a  bunch  of  surplus  operators  at  rest 
on  the  east  end,  so  it  ought  to  be  easy  to  get  a 
vacation  now. 

Bro.  G.  D.  Nelson,  called  home  on  account  of 
the  death  of  his  uncle,  was  relieved  on  third  Levis 
by  Bro.  Waldum.  Bro.  Johnson,  second  Levis, 
now  baching  in  a  box  car  there,  was  relieved  at 
Neillsville  by  Mr.  Gormely,  returned  from  his 
claim  in   Dakota. 

Bros.  Allen  and  Zank  have  taken  clerk  jobs  at 
Augusta  until  something  better  turns  up.  Mr. 
Balgord  relieved. 

Bro.  Kuhn  was  relieved  on  Hudson  third  by  Mr. 
Balgord  for  a  few  nights  when  he  went  to  his  new 
job  at  Minneapolis.  Mr.  Balgord  bettef  stick  to 
his  insurance  business,  where  he  can  use  his  wind 
to  advantage,  as  we  do  not  care  to  hear  him  knock. 
Bro.  Crosgrove  is  now  on  third  Hudson  pending 

Bro.  Hall,  from  Lake  Elmo  second,  displaced 
Bro.  Harshman  on  second  Lakeland  Jet. 

We  have  the  promise  of  Mr.  Witt  and  Mr.  Perry, 
on  third  Northline  pending  bids,  this  pay-day. 
They  will  be  as  "welcome  as  the  flowers  in  May." 

Eastern  Division  freight  crews  are  now  running 
through  to  Minneapolis  instead  of  East  SL  Paul. 
The  yards  at  Hazel  Park  are  used  entirely  for 
outgoing  cars  and  is  a  filling-out  point  for  east- 
bound  trains  out  of  Minneapolis.  The  big  Mikado 
engines  now  in  use  have  combined  with  the  re- 
trenchment to  make  very  light  picking  for  the 
train  and  engine  crews. 

Bro.  and  Mrs.  E.  J.  Stanton  and  family  spent 
a  few  days  in  St.  Paul  recently  as  guests  of  Bro. 
and  Mrs.  Liddane.  Bro.  Stanton  succeeded  Bro. 
Hurst  on  the  "safety  first"  committee,  and  we 
couldn't  have  chosen  a  better  man  to  fill  that 

Bro.  Pope,  at  Woodville,  was  pretty  badly  hit 
by  the  reduction.  Instead  of  three  operators,  he 
now  has  only  one  and  a  clerk. 

The  retirement  of  Mr.  Lamb  marks  the  passing 
of  one  of  the  veterans  of  the  service.  He  has 
worked  a  trkk  in  the  dispatcher's  office  on  this 
division  nearly  as  long  as  the  oldest  inhabitant 
can  remember.  He  leaves  a  host  of  friends  be- 
hind, and  the  boys  all  wish  him  success  wherever 
he  may  go. 

Now,  boys,  remember  to  begin  the  new  year  with 
a  new  card  in  your  pockets.  In  that  way  you  can 
expect  to  look  for  something  better  before  the  close 
of  the  present  year.  There  are  so  few  of  us  left 
on  the  East  End  Division  that  we  want  every  man 
to  get  in  line  and  help  line  up  those  still  out.  The 
force  has  been  cut  to  such  an  extent  that  there 
are  but  few  new  men  left,  and  the  old-timers  ought 
to  know  what  it  is  to  be  without  a  schedule.  "NufT 
said."     Get  busy. 

The  new  cards  will  be  $6  instead  of  $5  as  here- 
tofore. That  will  mean  more  money  in  our  treas- 
ury and  more  money  for  our  committee  to  work 

I  wish  to  extend  every  one  of  you  a  prosperous 
and  happy  New  Year.  Cekt.  7. 

Union  Pacific  R.  R. 

Nebraska  Division,  First  and  Second  Districts — 

The  only  news  that  seems  of  moment  to  me 
just  now  as  I  write,  is  the  fact  that  I  was  called 
away  on  grievance  matters  and  prevented  from 
spending  Christmas  at  home.  But  after  working 
for  the  railroad  a  few  years  we  lose  track  of 
Sundays  and  holidays,  and  I  am  comforting  myself 
with  the  thought  that  a  lot  of  the  rest  of  the  boys 
had  about  as  little  Christmas  as  I  did. 

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Although  I  was  among  strangers  on  that  day, 
I  could  not  but  notice  the  good  nature  dis- 
played by  everyone.  Trains  were  late,  stations 
congested  as  well  as  cars,  while  hotels  were  de- 
serted, but  whether  there  was  a  crowd  or  only 
the  clerk  and  myself  and  a  porter  in  sight,  every 
one  was  good  natured;  everyone  greeted  every- 
one else  with  a  smile  and  a  good  word.  I  won- 
dered why  it  could  not  be  thus  every  day.  Every- 
one gets  up  Christmas  morning  with  a  determina- 
tion to  be  cheery  to  everyone  they  meet.  They 
actually  exude  good  will  toward  all  with  whom 
they  come  in  contact,  and  it  spreads  until  life  is 
a  joy  for  one  day  anyway.  Can't  we  carry  that 
spirit  into  every  day  of  the  year?  Especially^  in 
our  work,  can't  we  resolve  every  morning  that 
so  far  as  we  are  concerned  nothing  but  good-will 
shall  radiate  from  us  that  day?  S;irely  the 
Savior  did  not  mean  to  have  good-will  toward 
men  only  one  day  out  of  365.  This  one  day  gives 
a  glimpse  of  the  possibility  of  that  kind  of  a 
situation,  and,  at  any  rate,  I  think  we  should  culti- 
vate this  virtue  as  much  as  possible.  It  will  not 
only  mean  much  to  others,  but  we  ourselves  will 
get  much  more  pleasure  out  of  life.  And  we 
surely  know  we  heed  something  in  our  work 
to  make  optimists  out  of  us.  We  can  at  least 
make  this  a  New  Year  resolution,  and  while  it 
lasts  as  such  will  be  a  good   thing. 

We  were  surprised  Christmas  day  to  receive 
the  resignation  of  Bro.  L.  G.  Ging  as  local  chair- 
man in  Nebraska,  which  carried  with  it  also  a 
vacancy  in  the  office  of  secretary  of  the  general 
committee.  Bro.  Ging  has  not  made  known  to  us 
his  plans  and  we,  therefore,  are  not  prepared  to 
give  his  reasons  for  this  action,  but  judge  that 
he  has  plans  in  view  for  work  elsewhere,  since 
we  know  his  heart  is  in  the  work  of  the  organiza- 
tion and  the  committee  of  which  he  has  been  a 
member,  full  of  interest  at  all  times  in  any  plan 
that  would  be  foi  the  betterment  of  any  of  the 
men.  Bro.  Ging  is  a  man  of  good  education, 
rather  broad  experience  for  his  years  and  with  an 
insight  into  future  almost  ideal  conditions  for  the 
man  of  the  station,  which  I  wish  he  could  stay 
by  us  and  help  work  to  secure.  I  regret  that 
the  company — not  only  this  but  all  the  railroads 
in  the  country^-do  not  offer  more  inducements 
for  such  men  as  he  to  stay  with  them.  If  they 
would  put  such  men  in  their  stations  and  give  them 
adequate  help  instead  of  making  slaves  of  them, 
they  would  have  something  like  adequate  service 
in  those  stations,  and  their  cry 'for  *'good  agents" 
mi^ht  be  heard.  But  while  Bro.  Ging  is  a  good 
worker  for  the  future  he  does  not  neglect  the 
present  also,  and  as  I  was  preparing  to  say  in 
my  year-end  circular,  has  the  only  solid  district 
on  the  division,  unless  at  the  last  moment  Bro. 
Horiskey  may  be  able  to  render  a  similar  report. 
The  district  f rota  Sidney  to  Cheyenne,  on  which 
Bro.  Ging  works,  being  the  only  absolutely  solid 
district  on  the  system,  with  every  man  working 
with  an  up-to-date  member,  and  if  we  secure 
one  more  implication  before  the  end  of  this 
week,  in  which  I  am  writing,  the  sam*^  can  be 
•aid   of  the  Third    District,   bordering   Bro.    Ging 

from  North  Platte  to  Sidney.  This  is  all  by  way  of 
saying  that  Bro.  Ging  is  of  a  type  of  man  that 
the  railroad  could  afford  to  cultivate  for  a  position 
as  agent,  and  that  we  regret  to  lose  him  off  the 
committee,  and  should  he  resign  from  the  service 
shall  hate  to  lose  him  there. 

For  the  present  no  appointment  will  be  made  as 
local  chairman  for  the  Nebraska  Division,  and  I 
shall  handle  the  grievances  myself,  although  I  shall 
probably  appoint  a  man  later  to  serve  out  the 
unexpired  term,  as  I  don't  believe  you  care  to  go 
to  the  expense  of  an  election  just  now.  Bro.  Z. 
R.  Hook,  of  Manhattan,  Kan.,  has  been  appointed 
secretary  of  the  general  committee. 

Bro.  Hans  Jensen  has  accepted  the  position  of 
cashier  at  Kearney,  and  Overton  is  again  on  bul- 
letin. Bro.  Jensen  is  a  fully  competent  agent,  and 
we  hope  this  promotion  is  only  the  beginning 'of 
still  better  jobs  further  along.  Under  our  new 
agreement  he  has  every  thing  to  gain  and  nothing 
to  lose.  If  he  goes  ahead  he  does  not  need  his 
rights;  if  he  should  be  reduced  for  any  reason  he 
can  assume  his  rights  with  us  and  still  be  taken 
care  of.  Here's  hoping  more  of  the  boys  now 
show  a  desire  to  forge  ahead.  Bro.  Julius  Hansen 
is  relieving  at  Overton. 

Bro.  Mike  Armstrong  drew  first  at  Kearney, 
and  Lloyd  Sampson  third  at  that  place.  Mr.  Wil- 
son, a  new  man  from  the  Q.,  doing  the  extra 
work,  while  the  changes  were  being  made.  Bro. 
Stevens,  on  second  there,  laid  off  to  celebrate 
Christmas,  and  was  relieved  by  Mr.  Flurry,  a  com- 
mercial man  with  a  good  fist  and  no  card,  which 
is  a  poor  combination.  We  hope^to  change  it  if 
he  stays. 

Bro.  W.  C.  Stevenson,  of  Pleasanton,  secured 
the  agency  at  Arnold,  which  still  keeps  the  K.  B. 
H.  solid.  Bro.  LeGate,  of  Yutan,  gets  Pleasanton, 
while  Yutan  is  on  bulletin. 

Bro.  D.  I.  Price,  who  has  been  in  Denver  all 
summer  for  his  health,  is  returning  to  work,  but 
to  date  hasn't  bid  in  anything  yet. 

Bro.  F.  S.  Mann,  extra  at  Grand  Island,  spent 
a  few  days  about  Christmas  time  in  Omaha.  Odd 
to  see  an  extra  man  laying  off  at  Christmas,  but 
there  were  very  few  old  heads  off  this  winter. 
Don't  know  whether  they  are  hard  up  or  what. 
Probably  that  isn't  the  cause,  but  this  may  be  the 
year  when  all  their  relations  came  to  visit  them. 
I  know  that  is  the  reason  why  I  was  trying  to 
stay  home  for  the  holidays. 

You  boys  who  are  not  showing  interest  in  the 
Omaha  Oub  are  losing  out.  Fine  meetings  are ' 
being  held  every  month,  and  this  month  a  social 
and  dance  was  held,  which  was  a  signal  success. 
It  was  not  a  money-making  affair,  was  free  to 
members,  music  was  furnished  by  our  own 
orchestra,  which  is  as  good  as  any  we  could  hire; 
the  ladies  furnished  the  refreshments,  and  good 
fellowship  abounded,  so  I  am  told.  As  I  was 
working  in  the  office,  I  was  unable  to  attend  this 
one,  but  I  was  at  the  meeting  held  last  month, 
at  which  there  were  thirty-five  present,  and  I  got 
enough  enthusiasm  there  to  run  me  for  another 
monih.     Come   on   along  next  meeting. 

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Before  you  get  this  journal  you  will  likely 
have  received  a  circular  with  a  resume  of  the 
situation  January  lst»  as  regards  Division  6  and 
a  request  for  figures  on  express  commission.  We 
are  receiving  much  correspondence  about  the  ex- 
press situation,  and  this  note  here  is  to  remind  you 
that  it  you  haven't  already  done  so,  kindly  send 
to  your  committee  at  once  the  necessary  figures 
asked  for  in  that  circular,  so  that  they  may  have 
them  at  their  annual  meeting  in  February  or 
March.  Yon  can  not  expect  your  committee  to 
take  intelligent  action  on  these  matters  and  give 
them  proper  consideration  for  you,  unless  you  give 
them  the  necessary  dope.  If  you  haven't  com- 
plied with  the  request  in  the  circular  mentioned, 
this    is    a    reminder    to    do    it    now. 

Cert.  217. 

Wyoming  Division,  Seventh  District — 

Bro.  E.  A.  Curtis,  third  Bitter  Creek,  called  to 
Paris,  Mo.,  on  account  of  illness  of  his  father, 
was  retie^d  hy  Mr.  English,  from  the  Wabash.   « 

Bro.  Wnu  Uorton,  first  Granger,  assigned  first 
Red  Des^"..  relieving  Mr.  Denton,  who  went  to 
Black  E^  .us,  relieving  Bro.  W.  R.  Stedman,  who 
resigned  and  returned  to  Oklahoma  on  account  of 
the   illness   of   his   father. 

Mr.  Moore,  third  Wamsutter,  transferred  to 
Colorado  Division. 

Mr.  and  Mrs.  Brown,  third  and  second  Red 
Desert,  will  line-up  soon. 

Bro.  Kabes,  first  Table  Rock,  has  resigned  and 
is  going  to  San  Francisco.  Bro.  Decker,  second 
there,  also  resigned. 

Bro.  Greer,  second  Tipton,  assigned  agency  Ft. 

IVyotning  Division,  Eighth  and  Ninth  Districts — 

Bro.  F.  P.  Rowell  bid  in  managership  Green 

Mr.  Drummond,  on  first  Granger,  pending  bul- 
letin and  Mr.  Bagby,  on  third  there,  promise  to 
line-up  soon.  Bro.  Piers,  on  second,  wants  to  lay 
off  to   go  to  Salt  Lake. 

Bro.  Kennedy  is  back  at  Carter,  after  a  month's 
work  at  Echo. 

Mrs.  Decker  bid  in  Le  Roy  agency,  relieved  by 
Mr.    Longstreth  at  Altamont. 

Bro.  John  A.  Johnson  has  left  Evanston  and 
gone  East,  relieved  by  Mr.  Aldrich. 

Bro.  Jess  Thomas  spent  Christmas  at  Evans- 
viUe,  Ind. 

Bro.  Grant  Hix  was  a  Salt  Lake  visitor  recently. 


Canadian  Pacific  Ry. 
Welland,  Ont.,  December  22d,  1913. 
Bro.  A.  D.  Anderson,  of  LaRiviere,  Man.,  has 
been  regularly  elected  as  local  chairman  for  Dis- 
trict 4,  Manitoba  Division,  succeeding  Bro.  J.  R. 
Baker,   resigned. 

Yours  fraternally, 

G.    D.    Robertson. 

Saskatchewan  Division,  Districts  Three  and  Pour — 

The  second  annual  O.  R.  T.  banquet  for  these 
two  districts  was  held  at  the  King  George  Hotel, 
at  Ssiskatoon,  on  the  night  of  November  27th. 
It  was  a  big  success,  and  General  Chairman 
Robertson,  who  was  returning  from  Seattle,  char- 
acterized it  as  the  largest  banquet  ever  held  in 
Canada,  outside  of  conventions;  there  being  over 
sixty  telegraphers  present. 

The  magnificent  hotel  was  the  mecca  of  every 
telegrapher  who  could  possibly  get  away,  and  con- 
sidering the  train  service  it  was  a  big  credit 
to  the  telegraphers  in  Saskatchewan. 

The  dining  room  was  decorated  with  Canadian 
Pacific  mottoes,  and  at  the  end  of  the  main  isle  a 
complete  reproduction  of  a  large  Canadian  Pacific 
railway  passenger  engine,  weighing  over  a  ton, 
equipped  vrith  electric  head  light  and  carrying 
green  signals,  was  set  up.  The  design  was  per- 
fect, and  the  telegraphers  were  obliged  to  I.  G. 
Trudel,  general  storekeeper  of  the  C.  P.  R.  at 
Moose  Jaw  for  his  kindness  in  having  this  made. 
The  music  was  furnished  by  Miller's  Regimental 

Many  officials  of  the  railways  in  Saskatchewan 
were  present  and  made  appropriate  speeches,  re- 
calling incidents  of  their  early  days;  among  whom 
were:  Messrs.  DuVal  and  Boyd,  superintendents 
C.  P.  R.,  Saskatoon;  W.  A.  Brown,  general  super- 
intendent, and  Mr.  Warren,  assistant  general 
manager  of  Canadian  Northern  Ry.,  Winnipeg; 
W.  H.  D'Arcy,  general  claim  agent  C.  P.  R., 
Winnipeg;  C.  D.  Fisher,  veteran  member  of  O.  R. 
T.,  Division  7  (the  man  who  represented  the 
Grand  Trunk  Pacific  telegraphers  on  the  board  of 
Arbitration  this  year),  and  C.  F.  Travis,  also  an 
old-timer,  who  with  Mr.  Fisher  was  on  the  first 
general  committee  ever  convened  on  the  western 
lines  of  C.  P.  R.  Reference  is  made  later  on  to 
the  tragic  illness  and  death  of  Bro.  Travis. 
Chief  Dispatchers  Chapman  and  Collins  were  also 
guests,  as  was  Mr.  Humphreys,  car  system  agent, 
Moose  Jaw. 

It  was  a  great  pleasure  to  the  tdegraphers  to 
have  with  them  Bro.  G.  D.  Robertson,  general 
chairman  of  the  O.  R.  T.,  Division  7,  who  was 
returning  from  the  American  Federation  of  Labor 
convention  at  Seattle,  and  all  were  sorry  that 
Bros.  Quick  and  Campbell  were  unable  to  be 
present,  but  we  hope  next  year  that  this  will  be 

M.  H.  McGeough,  assistant  general  chairman, 
was  toastmaster,  and  with  a  few  appropriate  re- 
marks opened  the  proceedings,  after  the  excel- 
lent menu  had  been  sampled.  He  thanked  the 
various  officials  for  their  presence  and  for  their 
co-operation  in  allowing  so  many  telegraphers  away 
to  attend  this  banquet. 

The  programme  was  as  follows: 

The  King  and  Empire   (God  Save  the  King) — 
.  Orchestra. 


'The  City  of  Saskatoon"— Proposed  by  H.  H. 
Boyd,  superintendent.  Saskatoon.  Response — His 
Worship,  Mayor  Harrison  (unable  to  be  present) 
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"The  Canadian  Pacific  Railway"— Proposed  by 
J.  'A.  Merkley.  dispatcher.  Saskatoon.  Response 
from  E.  W.  DuVal,  superintendent.  Saskatoon, 
and  W.  H.  D*Arcy,  Winnipeg. 

"Our  Guests'* — Proposed  by  G.  M.  Cordingley, 
dispatcher,  Saskatoon.  Response  from  A.  E.  St. 
Laurent.  F.  S.  Cahill,  president  Industrial  League 
(unable  to  be  present). 

"The  O.  R.  T."— Proposed  by  C.  F.  Travis, 
Saskatoon  (taken  suddenly  ill  and  his  place  taken 
by  Bro.  McGeough).  Response  by  G.  D.  Robert- 
son, general  chairman,  Welland. 

"Kindred  Organizations" — Proposed  by  J.  J. 
McGrath,  Saskatoon.     Response  from  Con.  Spence. 

"The  Canadian  Northern  Ry." — Proposed  by  H. 
J.  Humphreys,  Moose  Jaw.  Response  by  A.  E. 
Warren,  assistant  general  manager,  C.  N.  R.;  W. 
A.  Brown,  general  superintendent,  C.  N.  R.,  Win- 

"Toastmaster" — M.  H.  McGeough,  Suska^oon. 

"Auld  Lang  Syne." 

Mr.  Fisher  was  cheered  to  the  echo  when  he 
rose  to  respond  to  the  toast,  "The  City  of  Saska- 
toon," which  was  ably  proposed  by  Superintendent 
Boyd.  Mr.  Fisher  is  known  from  one  end  of 
Canada  to  the  other,  where  an  operator  can  be 
found,  and  he  gave  many  incidents  relating  to  the 
early  days  when  Bro.  T.  Pierson,  our  grand  vice- 
president,  was  up  in  the  West. 

In  responding  to  the  toast,  "The  Canadian 
Pacific  Railway,"  Superintendent  DuVal  said  it 
was  a  great  pleasure  for  him  to  be  present  at  the 
annual  banquet  of  the  telegraphers.  He  referred 
to  the  pleasure  all  must  feel  in  having  Mr.  D'Arcy, 
general  claims  agent  Western  Lines,  present.  He 
regretted  the  absence  of  General  Superintendent 
Taylor,  of  the  C.  P.  R.,  and  read  a  telegram  from 
him,  in  which  he  said  he  hoped  that  a  very  suc- 
cessful evening  would  be  enjoyed.  He  also  read 
a  telegram  from  Grant  Hall,  general  manager, 
C.  P.  R.,  Western  Lines  at  Winnipeg,  regretting 
that  business  engagements  prevented  him  from 
being  present,  sending  his  best  wishes  to  the  teleg- 
raphers of  Saskatchewan,  with  the  hope  that  the 
banquet  would  be  both  pleasant  and  profitable. 

Mr.  D*Arcy,  in  responding  to  the  same  toast, 
gave  a  brilliant  and  instructive  address,  which 
was  thoroughly  enjoyed.  He  commented  on  the 
youthfulness  of  those  present,  and  referred  in 
glowing  terms  to  the  opportunities  of  the  present- 
day  to  young  men  in  Western  Canada,  and  also 
touched  op  various  subjects  in  which  railway 
agents  were  concerned. 

Bro.  G.  M.  Cordingley  in  proposing  the  toast, 
"Our  Guests,"  read  a  note  from  His  Honor  Mayor 
Harrison,  who  regretted  that  business  prevented 
him  from  attending,  and  sent  his  best  wishes.  A. 
E.  St.  Laurent,  of  Saskatoon,  an  old-timer  and  a 
veteran  telegrapher,  responded  to  the  toast  in  an 
able    manner. 

On  account  of  the  sudden  illness  of  C.  F.  Travis, 
who  was  stricken  down  just  as  he  was  about 
to  propgse  the  toast,  "The  O.  R.  T.,"  his  place 
was  taken  by  Bro.  McGeough,  who  called  on  Bro. 
Robertson  to  respond.  Bro.  Robertson,  as  usual, 
delivered    a    splendid    address,    complimenting    the 

telegraphers  on  the  arrangements  made  for  such 
a  banquet  and  hoped  that  it  would  spread  over 
the  whole  system. 

Bro.  J.  J.  McGrath  proposed  the  toast,  "The 
Kindred  Organizations,"  which  was  responded  to 
by   Conductor   Spence. 

11.  J.  Humphreys  proposed  a  special  toast,  "The 
Canadian  Northern  Railway,"  and  it  was  fittingly 
responded  to  by  Assistant  General  Manager  War- 
ren (who  is  an  old  C.  P.  R.  telegrapher,  and  also 
W.  A.  Brown).  He  referred  to  the  time  when  he 
first  worked  on  the  C.  P.  R.,  when  there  were 
only  "fifteen  agents  in  Western  Canada.  He  also 
paid  a  great  tribute  to  "Dave"  Campbell,  our 
worthy  third  vice-president,  and  said  he  was  the 
most  brilliant  and  fair  labor  official  that  he  ever 
negotiated  a  schedule  with,  and  closed  by  ex- 
pressing his  pleasure  at  being  able  to  be  present 
with  the  telegraphers. 

The  banquet  closed  by  all  singing  "Auld  Lang 

Immediately  after  the  banquet,  which  closed  at 
midnight,  the  telegraphers  held  a  meeting,  called 
to  order  by  Chairman  McGeough,  who  called  on 
Bro.  G.  D.  Robertson  to  address  us.  Bro.  Robert- 
son dealt  with  the  main  features  of  the  recent 
big  American  Federation  of  Labor  convention  in 
Seattle,  and  with  the  O.  R.  T.  work  that  would 
be  taken  up,  following  the  convening  of  the  gen- 
eral committee  in  Ottawa  in  January. 

Bro.  J.  A.  Merkley  then  arose  and  called  atten- 
tion, in  a  few  words  of  appreciation,  to  the  work 
of  Bro.  McGeough  as  assistant  general  chairman 
of  the  Saskatchewan  Division,  and  spoke  of  the 
improvement  in  conditions  they  enjoyed  and  the 
satisfactory  way  the  work  was  performed  by  the 
committee.  Then,  on  behalf  of  the  telegraphers  of 
District  3,  he  presented  Bro.  McGeough  with  a 
handsome  leather  club  bag,  suitably  fitted  for 
traveling,  bearing  a  silver  plate  suitably  engraved. 

Bro.  McGeough,  in  replying,  thanked  the  mem- 
bers for  their  thoughtfulness,  but  disclaimed  any 
credit  for  doing  anything  but  simply  his  work,  de- 
claring that  it  was  a  pleasure  to  him  to  be  in  a 
position  to  help  along  the  good  work. 

Bro.  McGeough  was  taken  completely  by  sur- 
prise, and  is  indeed  grateful  to  the  telegraphers 
for   thus   remembering  him. 

It  was  a  great  shock  to  the  telegraphers  on 
this  district  to  learn  that  C.  F.  Travis,  who  was 
stricken  with  paralysis  while  attending  the  banquet 
at  Saskatoon,  had  passed  away  on  Sunday  morn- 
ing, without  regaining  consciousness,  from  hemor- 
rhage of  the  brain.  He  fell  to  the  floor  uncon- 
scious, just  as  he  was  rising  to  propose  as  a  toast, 
"The  O.  R.  T.,"  was  taken  to  the  Saskatoon  Hos- 
pital at  once,  and  Mrs.  Travis,  who  was  in 
Winnipeg,  wired  for  immediately.  He  had  been 
agent  of  the  C.  P.  R.  at  Elkhorn,  for  a  number 
of  years,  and  was  a  member  of  the  first  general 
committee  of  the  O.  R.  T.  on  western  lines.  He 
was  later  agent  of  the  C.  N.  R.  at  Virdcn  and 
%skatoon,  and  a  few  years  ago  went  into  private 
business.  The  funeral  took  place  in  Elkhorn, 
Man.,  the  following  Wednesday.     A  funeral  scrv- 

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ice,  held  in  Saskatoon  in  Youngs  undertaking 
chapel,  was  largely  attended  by  the  telegraphers 
there.  Div.  Com. 

Alhtrta  Division,   Crow's  Nest  Subdivision— 

A  banner  meeting  was  held  in  Cranbrook,  B.  C, 
Sunday  afternoon,  November  23d. 

The  boys  turned  out  from  the  extreme  ends  of 
the  division  and  branches  to  see  what  our  worthy 
general  chairman,  G.  D.  Robertson,  looked  like 
and  hear  what  he  had  to  say;  and  not  one  of  them 
was  disappointed  in  his  tall,  straight-forward  and 
manly  appearance  nor  in  the  message  he  brought 
us.  He  spoke  in  eloquent  form  for  two  solid 
hours,  dealing  principally  with  the  circumstances 
leading  up  to  the  making  of  it  necessary  for  us 
to  take  into  our  organization  the  clerks  of  the 
C  P.  R.,  now  on  the  agents'  staff;  the  same  as 
we  took  in  years  ago  the  train  dispatchers  and 

Bro.  Robertson  showed  clearly  how  dangerous 
it  was.  since  the  arrival  of  the  telephone,  to  have 
a  great  number  of  unorganized  men  like  the  clerks 
sitting  shoulder  to  shoulder  with  us  in  the  same 
office,  so  closely  allied  to  us  in  the  same  business; 
that  the  clerks  today  are  the  poorest-paid  men  on 
the  roadf  and  that  the  agents  are  held  responsible 
for  the  work  of  such  poorly  paid  assistance,  it 
being  almost  impossible  for  an  agent  to  keep  a  good 
assistant  at  the  present  wages.  The  meeting 
strongly  endorsed  Bro.  Robertson's  views. 

Bro.  Robertson  also  spoke  in  glowing  terms  of 
the  work  of  the  local  chairmen  and  the  members 
of  Division  7  in  bringing  it  to  its  present  high 
standard,  having  had  the  most  delegates  at  the 
Baltimore  convention  and  the  largest  membership 
in  America. 

Several  important  decisions,  pending  for  almost 
a  year  with  Mr.  McNicoU  at  Montreal,  Bro.  Rob- 
ertson announced  closed  in  our  favor,  which  was 
received  with  gratification. 

The  schedule  was  discussed  and  a  number  of 
points  cleared  up,  Bro.  Robertson  having  every- 
thing right  on  the  ends  of  his  fingers. 

The  roll-call  showed  the  following  brothers  pres- 
ent: Legault,  Price,  Murray,  Wogtonoski,  Wick- 
wire,  Brown  (McGillwray) ;  Brown  (dispatcher). 
Eraser,  Watson,  Winters,  Doner,  Clark,  Murphy, 
Bromley.  Bourgue,  Bundy,  Bancroft,  Gitz,  White- 
head, Howard,  Sheldon,  Spcnce,  Thompson,  Mc- 
Phee,  Burgess  (**FW*')  and  General  Chairman 

Bro.  Whitehead  was  the  lone  representative  from 
MacLeod,  Bro.  McBride  and  a  few  other  good 
men  from  that  terminal  being  conspicuous  by  their 

At  18  o'clock  the  meeting  adjourned  to  the  Cran- 
brook Hotel  dining-room,  later  to   Ed   CHne's  pri- 
vate ofiice,  the  meeting  concluding  about  2  o'clock 
in  the  smoking-room  of  the  parlor  car  of  No.   12. 
Look  out  for  the  next  meeting.       Cert.  1412. 

White  River  to  Chapleau — 

It  is  agreed  by  mutual  agreement  that  Bro. 
Sullivan,  the  assistant  correspondent,  shall  handle 
from  Chapleau  to  Cartier,  and  that  Bro.  Bates,  the 

regular  correspondent,  shall  handle  from  Chapleau 
to  White  River.  Under  this  arrangement  there 
will  be  no  chance  of  repetition  of  items. 

We  had  a  big  meeting  in  Chapleau  on  the  last 
Saturday  in  November.  A  great  many  of  the  mem- 
bers came  in  from  far-away  stations.  Among 
them  were:  Bro.  Soules,  Metagama;  Bro.  Beatty, 
Grasett,  and  other  brothers  from  far-oflf  points. 
These  men  are  a  credit  to  the  Order,  and  when 
they  come  from  those  distant  points  it  is  some- 
what of  a  reflection  on  those  living  within  thirty 
or  forty  miles  who,  when  they  pay  their  dues, 
"halloo"  loudest  for  their  rights  and  for  protec- 
tion, and,  after  voting  on  a  regular  monthly  meet- 
ing, refuse  to  come  to  it,  after  the  brothers  in 
Chapleau  and  our  local  chairman,  Bro.  Hogg, 
especially,  do  so  much  to  make  the  thing  go  right, 
the  latter  even  going  so  far  as  to  put  his  clubroom 
at  our  disposal,  which,  with  its  added  comforts, 
certainly  makes  our  meetings  a  whole  lot  better. 
Brothers,  try  to  come  to  the  meetings,  and  you 
will  go  home  with  the  satisfaction  of  feeling  that 
you  did  your  part  anyway. 

We  want  a  progressive  lodge  in  the  progressive 

town  of/Liiapleau,  and  your  co-operation  is  asked 

to  make   it  so.     It  was  written  a  long  time  ago, 

"Those  who  are  not  with  me  are  against  me.*' 

It  will  shortly  be  Bro.  Brown  at  Grassett  nights. 

Lochalsh  nights  closed. 

Bro.    Dcpew    relieved    Bro.    Nesbitt,    Missanabie 
nights,  all  fall  while  he  was  back  East  ill. 
It  will  soon  be  Bro.  Joseph,  Goldie  nights. 
Wayland,  Nicholson  and  Pardee  closed  nights. 
Bro.  Byrne  is  relieving  Bro.  Freeborn,  Chapleau 
first,  east  on  holidays. 

All  dispatchers  are  lined  up  but  two  new  arrivals, 
who  have  their  applications  already  made  out.  In 
another  month  there  will  not  be  a  non  on  the  dis- 

Bro.  Leon  Bolton  is  back  East  since  Shumka 

Bro.  Byrne,  who  left  last  summer  and  went  to 
Ottawa,  is  back  at  his  old  haunts  again. 

Wayland  agency  has  been  cut  out,  putting  Bro. 
Ruest  temporarily  out  of  a  job.  It  is  to  be  opened 
as  a  night  office  shortly. 

Bro.  Dkrkenson  says  the  A.  C.  Railway  at  Franz 
is  keeping  them  very  busy. 

Bro.  Joe  Bolton  is  going  to  Quebec  to  get  mar- 

Bro.  Dickenson  is  going  East  shortly.  If  they 
all  chipped  in  like  Dickenson  we  would  have  a 
better  write-up  every  month. 

Bro.  Byrne's  case — getting  reinstated  on  the  divi- 
sion with  full  seniority — was  taken  up  at  the  last 
meeting,  and  every  member  present  was  in  favor 
of  giving  Bro.  Byrne  back  his  rights  on  account 
of  the  delicate  condition  of  Mrs.  Byrne's  health, 
which  necessitated  his '  coming  back  to  this  divi- 
sion. The  boys  all  "came  across"  like  true 
brothers  and  did  all  possible  for  Bro.  Byrne  in 
his  present  unfortunate  position.  We  all  hope 
Mrs.  Byrne  will  soon  be  restored  to  health. 

We  are  going  to  have  a  banquet  in  the  new 
town  hall  as  soon  as  the  other  dances  are  all  over, 
and  we're  going  to  show  them  something.     We'll 

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be  glad  to  see  all  the  brothers  and  sisters  on  our 
district  at  this  banquet,  and  it's  going  to  make  the 
ancient  Bacchanalian  ones  we  used  to  have  in  the 
"Y.  M."  look  like  a  prayer  meeting. 

Boys,  come  to  the  meetings  when  you  can. 

Do  not  think  because  you  are  alone  in  a  small 
town  that  you  are  the  only  O.  R.  T.  union  oper- 
ator in  the  world.  There  are  thousands  who  are 
always  ready  with  the  glad  hand  to  do  their  share. 

Get  any  stray  lamb  you  know  of  lined  up,  and 
don't  forget  your  obligation:  "No  card,  no  favors." 
Ceet.    1287. 

Lake  Superior  Division,  District  3,  Superior  Lodge 

of  Schreiber — 

On  Sunday  evening,  November  23d,  another  of 
our  successful  meetings  was  held  in  the  hall  at 
Schreiber,  with  more  members  present  than  at  any 
heretofore.  We  were  glad  to  see  so  many  from 
the  west  end  present,  as  it  shows  that  they  are 
commencing  to  take  an  interest  in  our  work.  We 
were  also  very  glad  to  have  Sisters  Syberg  and 
Hamel  with  us,  as  the  presence  of  ladies  always 
brings  cheer  into  the  hearts  of  all  men,  and  more 
especially  in  the  hearts  of  a  few  there,  who  could 
under  no  circumstances  be  happy  without  ladies 

Bro.  Warner  brought  up  a  matter  which  I  am 
sure  will  prove  of  great  interest  to  all  members, 
both  ladies  and  gentlemen — that  of  organizing  a 
Ladies'  Auxiliary  in  connection  with  our  lodge. 
I  am  sure  that  every  member  will  be  strongly  in 
favor  of  this,  especially  the  married  brothers,  as 
it  will  make  it  possible  for  them  to  bring  their 
wives  with  them  when  coming  in  to  attend  the 
meetings.  Sister  Syberg,  Bros.  Warner  and  Hawke 
were  appointed  a  committee  to  take  up  this  matter 
and  get  all  information  possible  in  connection  with 
it  I  will  ask  every  member,  both  brothers  and  sis- 
ters, to  give  this  committee  all  possible  assistance 
to  make  the  auxiliary  a  success,  and  I  am  sure 
everyone  will  be  greatly   benefited  by  it. 

At  this  meeting  it  was  decided  to  continue  hold- 
ing our  meetings  every  month  instead  of  discon- 
tinuing them  until  the  spring,  as  was  at  first  de- 
cided. I  hope  the  cold  winter  weather  will  not 
discourage  any  of  the  boys.  Anyone  who  is  tak- 
ing an  interest  in  the  O.  R.  T.  will  not  let  such 
-  a  small  matter  as  a  snowstorm  keep  them  away 
from  the  meetings.  Remember  the  Order  has  done 
a  lot  for  you,  and  will  continue  to  better  your 
working  conditions  if  you  remain  loyal,  and  give 
the  officers  of  your  district  your  help  by  attending 
the  meetings.  The  boys  on  this  district  are  taking 
great  interest  in  the  Order  that  has  proved  of  such 
valuable  assistance  in  helping  to  bring  our  schedule 
to  where  it  is  today — second  to  none  in  the  United 
States  or  Canada. 

At  the  close  of  the  meeting  Bro.  Hawke  invited 
all  the  members  and  their  wives  to  attend  a  ban- 
quet in  honor  of  our  lodge  at  the  King  George 
restaurant.  At  10  o'clock  we  took  our  places  at 
tables  that  had  been  prepared  especially  for  us, 
and  were  soon  doing  justice  to  the  excellent  re 
past  prepared  by  Madam  SL  Jean.  After  we  had 
made  short  work  of  the  turkey,  chicken,  fruit 
and  other  good  things  the  tables  were  cleared,  and 

the  following  were  called  on  to  speak  a  few  words 
before  bidding  each  other  "GN:"  Bro.  Hogg, 
local  chairman  district  2;  Assistant  Superintendent 
Wilson,  Chief  Dispatcher  Moran  and  Bro.  Skaling. 
It  was  a  pijeasure  to  have  Bro.  Hogg  present,  as 
he  made  the  trip  from  Chapleau  especially  to  at^ 
tend.  Like  our  chief  telegrapher,  he  does  all  he 
can   for  the  good  of  our  Order. 

Past  Chief  Bro.  Nicol,  of  Jack  Fish,  is  on  his 
holidays,  relieved  by  Bro.  Bennett,  whose  position 
days  there  has  been  withdrawn,  as  the  coal  season 
has  closed,  which  makes  it  unnecessary  to  have 
an  operator  on  duty  besides  the  agent  during  the 

First  Vice-Chief  Telegrapher  Bro.  Lindsay  has 
taken  his  wife  for  treatment  to  Port  Arthur  Hos- 
pital, relieved  by  Bro.  Depew.  Bro.  Lindsay  has 
the  sympathy  of  every  member  on  the  district,  who 
all  sincerely  hope  Mrs.  Lindsay  will  soon  recover 
and  be  able  to  return  to  Schreiber. 

Positions  bulletined  recently  have  been  assigned 
as  follows:  Schreiber  first  wire,  Bro.  DeLong; 
second.  Bro.  O'Donnell.  Nights — MacKenzie,  Bro. 
Ross;  Dorian,  Bro.  McDonald;  Hemlo,  Bro.  Cur- 
ran;  Middleton,  Sister  Hannenan;  Amy  days, 
Bro.  Gustafson;  nights,  Bro.  Landry;  Gumey  days, 
Bro.  Currie;  nights,  Bro.  King;  Cavers  days,  Bro. 
Westacott;  nights,  Bro.  Dewar;  White  River  sec- 
ond, Bro.  Goodwin;  third,  Bro.  Dean;  Redlite 
days,  Bro.  Bartholomeau;  nights,  T.  Dooley;  King 
days,  Bro.  Lungdren;  nights,  E.  C.  Campbell; 
Schreiber  first  phone,  Bro.  Currie;  Rossport  nights, 
Bro.   McKenna;  Tarpon  days,   Bro.  Lewars. 

Day  and  nights— Blue  Jay,  Horn  and  Selim  bul- 
letined on  account  of  putting  operators  at  these 
points,  due  to  staff  system,  and  Hemlo  nights  on 
account  of  Bro.  Curran  resigning,  assigned  as 
follows:  Horn  days,  T.  Dooley;  nights,  Mr. 
Howell;  Selim  days,  Mr.  Lacombe;  nights,  Mr. 
Lake;  Hemlo  nights,  Bro.  McQuowan;  Blue  Jay 
days,  Bro.  Williams;  nights,  Bro.  Walsh;  Ruby 
days,  Mr.  Bourett. 

Bro.  Ross,  on  his  holidays,  has  gone  to  England 
to  visit  his  old  home,  relieved  by  Bro.  Habicht. 
Anyone  wishing  application  blanks  or  any  informa- 
tion regarding  membership  fees,  etc.,  will  gladly 
be  furnished  by  Bro.  Hawke  or  myself. 

Boys,  the  winter  rush  will  soon  be  upon  us  in 
earnest.  Be  sure  to  give  the  dispatchers  every 
attention  for  the  safe  handling  of  trains.  Make 
our  district  one  of  the  best  on  the  system.  The 
company  appreciates  good  service. 

The  officers  of  this  lodge  take  this  opportunity 
to  thank  all  the  brothers  and  sisters  for  the  kind 
assistance  given  them  during  the  past  year  in 
making  our  lodge  one  of  the  best  in  the  country, 
and  wish  all  members  and  their  families  a  bright 
and   happy   New   Year.  Div.  Co». 

P.astcrn  Diiision,  District  Four — 

Our  regular  monthly  meeting  at  Ottawa,  Ont., 
Friday,  November  28th,  proved  to  be  one  of  the 
largest  in  our  history,  owing  to  the  fact  that  a 
"safety  first"  meeting  was  held  in  our  hall  just 
previous  to  ours.  We  did  not  not  find  it  neces- 
sary to  coax  for  leave,  and  hope  the  officials  will 

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find  no  more  trouble  in  relieving  when  our  meet- 
ing takes  place. 

After  listening  to  several  splendid  speeches  on 
"Safety  First**  by  several  renowned  orators,  in- 
cluding Mr.  Miller,  of  Windsor  depot.  Our  meet- 
ing was  called  to  order  by  our  esteemed  chairman, 
Bro.  Rooney.  Others  present  were:  Bros.  Ritchie, 
of  Alcove;  Leslie,  of  Wakefield;  Joe  Moore,  of 
Maniwaki  Jet.;  Anderson,  of  Hull;  Hickson,  of 
Campbeirs  Bay;  Howe,  Louttit,  Stewart  and 
Smith,  of  the  terminals;  Bro.  Johnston,  of  Mano- 
tick;  Burton,  of  Navan;  Jenson,  of  Hammond; 
Matte,  of  Bourget;  Cowan,  of  Pendleton;  La- 
rocque,  of  Alfred;  Gemmill,  of  McAlpine,  and  Du- 
bois, of  St.  Eugene.  We  would  like  to  have  seen 
Plantagenet,  Vankleek  and  Rigaud  represented,  and 
know  of  no  reason  why  one  of  the  boys  from  each 
of  these  places  were  not  present. 

Bros.  Carley,  Blanchfield  and  Barnwell  disap- 
peared after  "safety  first**  adjourned.  We  are 
sorry  the  "safety  first'*  kept  "Blanche**  away 
from  her  for  so  long.  If  he  will  bring  her  with 
him  next  time,  we  will  all  give  her  the  glad 
hand.  We  have  yet  to  learn  what  the  attraction 
was  that  took  the  other  two  away  from  our  meet- 

Several  discussions  of  interest  to  all  took  place, 
and  we  hope  'some  benefit  will  be  derived  there- 

Get  together,  boys,  and  attend  the  meetings  regu- 
larly. It  means  a  lot  to  the  Order  and  ourselves. 
We  are  sorry  to  hear  of  the  illness  of  Bro. 
Byrnes  wife,  necessitating  an  extended  leave  of 
absence,  and  sincerely  hope  the  holiday  will  do 
them  both  much  good. 

AH  the  bachelors  around  the  terminals  are  be- 
coming entangled  in  the  matrimonial  web.  First 
Bro.  McPhail,  then  Bro.  Park;  and  Bros.  Wardrop, 
Howe,  Ellis  and  Blanchfield  are  looming  up  on 
the  horizon  as  benedicts.  All  we  ask  is  that  we 
arc  given  more  notice  of  future  events  than  we 
bad  of  the  last  two.  We  all  join  in  wishing  Bros. 
McPhail  and  Park  and  their  brides  a  long,  happy 
and  prosperous  wedded  life. 

Bro.  Gemmill,  after  a  pleasant  (?)  sojourn  at 
Low,  has  decided  to  winter  at  McAlpine,  vice  Mr. 
Deslaurier,    indisposed. 

Our  populsr  "little**  operator  at  "CD'*  is  sure 
getting  to  be  ;  ome  "daisy.** 

"Bob"  Ritchie  has  settled  down  in  his  new 
quarters  at  Alcove,  and  seems  to  be  quite  content 
with  country  life. 

Bro.  Craft  is  now  enjoying  a  few  holidays 
visiting  the  scenes  of  his  childhood  in  Yankee- 
land.  Perhaps  he  may  have  intentions,  too;  you 
never  can  tell.  It  sure  looked  as  if  he  was  in  for 
it  awhile  ago. 

The  chief  still  has  the  same  old  relief  team  at 
K.  Y.  &  O.  Jet.,  viz.:  Bros.  "Blanche"  and  Le- 
<4ge.  and  they  are  making  good.  Both  are  still 
^nglc,  but  Sandy  Hill  is  an  attractive  place. 

Hope  the  government  can  replace  a  couple  of 
tbc  staff  when  called  upon  to  do  so,  although  we 
know  it  would  be  rather  **Tuff**  to  lose  them.     We 

can  do  nothing  better  than  to  wish  them  "God- 

Electric  staff  system  is  now  being  installed  be- 
tween Hull  and  Central  depot,  with  Maniwaki  Jet. 
as  a  side  line.  We  have  decided  an  electrician  is 
necessary  at  Hull.  "Joe**  says  he  will  lose  too 
much  fat  performing  such  "cranky"  exercise. 
Herb  and  Keith  should  worry,  wind  their  music 
box  and  sing  "In  the  Good  Old  Days  Gone  By."   < 

It  would  seem  as  if  our  regular  division  corre- 
spondent  had  gone  on  a  prolonged  vacation.  Per. 
haps  he  is  in  search  of  a  helpmate  for  his  declin- 
ing years.  If  so  we  will  gladly  forgive  him  for 
his  seeming  neglect,  and  wish  him  joy.  Who  is 
she?     Don*t  all  speak  at  once. 

Save  $6.50  of  your  next  check,  boys;  it*s  due 
now.  Cbrts.  1324  amd  1057. 

B.  C.  Division,  District  Cne — 

Bro.  Martin,  agent  Ducks,  on  leave,  was  re- 
lieved by  Mr.  Tibbs. 

Bro.  Robitaille,  agent  Salmon  Arm,  has  just 
finished  moving  into  his  new  station,  which  is 
said  to  be  one  of  the  finest  on  the  western  lines. 

Bro.  Wilson  got  Field  passenger  station  nights, 
relieved  by  Bro.  Becker  at  Sicamous  pending  bul- 

Bro.  Forbes  bid  in  Carobie  agency. 

Bro.  Ireland,  agent  Clanwilliam,  on  a  six  weeks* 
visit  to  the  coast  cities,  was  relieved  by  Bro. 

Bro.  Hanna,  second  "BY,**  resigned,  relieved 
by  Bro.  Kennedy,  from  Cambie.  Bro.  Nichols, 
just  returned  from  his  vacation,  relieving  Mr. 
Britt,  spare. 

Dispatcher  Bunnell,  off  on  account  of  sickness, 
was  relieved  by  Bro.  Young. 

Bros.  Anderson  and  Ketchum,  of  Leanchoil,  are 
making  a  tour  of  California  and  other  southern 
States,  relieved  by  Bros.  Withler  and  Williams. 

Taft  and  Pritchard  were  mentioned  as  not  being 
solid  in  a  recent  write-up.  We  are  very  glad  to 
say  that  Pritchard  is  now  solid  and  Taft  is  up  to 
date  since  Bro.  Calaghan  returned.  Our  list  only 
shows  three  nons  on  this  division  now,  but  we 
MTill  probably  have  to  wait  for  some  time  to  elim- 
inate them  before  our  division  ih  solid,  as  they 
seem  to  be  hopeless  cases.  All  the  brothers  who 
have  done  their  duty  and  kept  up  to  date  should 
always  remember,   "No  card,  no  favors." 

Cert.    1499. 

M.  &  O.  Division — 

On  November  22d  Bro.  Z.  Sansregret,  of  Point 
Fortune,  Que.,  was  stricken  with  a  paralytic 
stroke.  His  left  side  is  paralyzed  and,  as  many 
of  the  brothers  know,  he  has  only  one  leg,  his 
right  leg  being  amputated  above  the  knee,  and 
he  is  very  helpless.  Brotliers,  read  with  me  the 
76th  Psalm,  and  you  will  be  comforted.  Bro. 
Sansregret  has  the  sympathy  of  th»  brothers  on 
the  M.  &  O.  Division,  and  all  wish  him  a  speedy 
recovery,  so  we  will  see  him  at  the  meetings  again. 

A    BaOTHBK. 

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Mohawk  Division — 

I  am  very  glad  to  see  the  interest  the  brothers 
on  thU  division  are  taking  in  the  Order.  They 
certainly  arc  a  lot  of  live  wires. 

There  hasn't  been  a  write-up  of  this  division  for 
nearly  six  months.  When  we  worked  twelve  hours 
we  had  a  very  large  attendance  at  meetings,  and 
every  month  there  was  Mohawk  news  in  The 
Telegrapher,  but  since  we  have  been  working 
eight  hours  less  interest  is  shown  in  the  meetings. 
The  first  and  third  trick  brothers  should  be  able 
to  spare  a  few  hours  once  a  month  to  attend  and 
keep  up  the  interest,  especially  the  brothers  located 
in   Schenectady. 

Bro.  Schenmyer,  of  S.  S.  5,  has  bought  a  small 
farm  on  the  turnpike  and  is  in  the  chicken  busi- 
ness. Bro.  Smith,  of  "CP*  tower,  Central  Jet., 
seems  to  be  making  a  success  in  that  line. 

Bro.  Coyne  seems  to  have  considerable  business 
at  the  freight  office  in  West  Albany.  Wonder 
what  the  attraction  is? 

E.  O.  Teller,  first  S.  S.  2,  got  a  raise  of  $19.00 
a  month,  along  with  the  eight-hour  day  the  Order 
secured  for  him.  We  should  see  that  he  gets  a 
card  as  it  will  only  cost  him  $1.00  a  month  of  that 
raise  to  carry  it. 

W.  R.  Sweet,  second  S.  S.  1,  has  returned  from 
his  honeymoon  spent  at  Los  Angeles,  Cal.  Con- 

The  phone  gives  out  every  once  in  awhile,  and 
we  have  to  fall  back  to  the  good  old  Morse.  Under- 
stand a  road  in  Texas  has  discontinued  the  use  of 
the  phone,  and  it  may  not  be  long  before  the 
roads  in  the  East  will  follow  suit. 

Bro.  H.  A.  S.,  second  S.  S.  4,  bid  in  third  at 
S.  S.  3,  and  he  and  F.  B.  Smith  have  changed 
jobs  until  he  moves  to  Albany. 

ExrBro.  L.  B.  Baker  is  on  this  division  again. 
We  hope  he.  will  soon  be  with  us. 

We  notice  on  the  bid  sheet  the  name  of  E.  C. 
S.  If  this  is  Bro.  Ed.,  who  worked  at  Vermont, 
we  will  be  glad  to  welcome  him  again  into  the  fold. 

Since  the  installing  of  the  dispatcher's  terminal 
circuits  between  Rensselaer  and  West  Albany  the 
work  at  all  signal  stations  between  these  points 
has  greatly  increased.  The  levermen  at  S.  S.  100 
have  our  sympathy,  and  we  hope  they  will  soon  be 
granted  right  hours. 

Bros.  Coonley  and  Keiser,  S.  S.  99,  Rensselaer, 
arc  contemplating  a  trip  to  Los  Angeles,  Cal. 

Bro.  Barrett,  S.  S.  98,  is  a  busy  man  these  days 
answering  the  terminal  phone. 

Dro.  Jackson,  S.  S.  "C,"  also  Bro.  Hart,  S.  S. 
1,  have  something  on  their  minds  these  days.  No 
more  holding  freights  for  the  drawbridge,  they  go 
via  the  Air  Line  when  the  draw  is  open,  or  explain 

Bro.  Waters,  S.  S.  100,  has  his  hands  full  these 
days.  Understand  the  levermen  at  S.  S.  100  have 
orders  not  to  answer  phone  or  hells  on  account 
of  working  twelve  hours,  but  1  wonder  if  the 
trains  would  move  if  they  lived  up  to  this  order? 

Bro.  Fonsby,  third  S.  S.  98,  is  not  getting  his 
usual  six  hours'  rest  out  of  eight  "now-a-nights." 

Bro.  Hibsch  returned  home  after  a  short  vaca- 
tion on  third  S.  S.  101.  Too  much  smoke — not 
from  his  pipe,  but  from  the  locomotive. 

W.  F.  S. 

Hudson  Division — 

Brothers,  have  you  paid  your  semi-annual  dues? 
If  not,  get  busy. 

What  will  make  the  O.  R.  T.  solid?  Answer— 
Every  eligible  man  and  woman  joining  and  keep 
joined.     Are  you  doing  your  part? 

Some  of  the  brothers  have  a  narrow  idea  of 
what  the  O.,  R.  T.  insurance  means  to  them.  After 
twenty-five  years'  service  as  a  telegrapher,  I  am 
convinced  that  one  of  the  best,  if  not  the  very  best, 
rules  of  this  organization  is  that  every  applicant 
must  apply  for  insurance. 

I  liave  seen  the  time  when  we  had  no  organiza- 
tion and  no  insurance  on  the  railroad  for  teleg- 
raphers. Then  the  pay  was  so  small  we  could  not 
keep  up  a  small  weekly,  industrial  insurance. 

What  was  the  consequences?  When  an  operator 
was  called  to  the  great  beyond,  and  the  family  was 
left  without  the  bread-winner,  wives  were  com- 
pelled to  take  in  iwashing  or  do  scrubbing.  Chil- 
dren of  tender  years  taken  out  of  school  and  com- 
pelled to  work  for  a  mere  pittance,  or  perhaps 
placed  in  a  home  for  the  friendless. 

Could  that  little  woman,  or  those  fatherless 
children,  have  very  loving  memories  of  the  de- 
parted one?  Although  he  was  called  a  man,  he 
was  a  man  in  name  only — not  being  able  to  provide 
for  the  ones  that  he  was  responsible  for  bringing 
into  the  world  and  left  destitute. 

Brothers,  the  M.  B.  D.  is  a  God-send  to  the 
operators,  for  I  know  if  tomorrow  or  tonight  the 
call  came  for  me  to  go  I  could  look  in  the  tear- 
dimmed  eyes  of  that  little  woman,  whom  I  prom- 
ised to  provide  for,  and  pass  into  the  great  beyond 
more  peacefully,  knowing  that  the  O.  R.  T.  would 
pay  her  one  thousand  dollars  to  tide  her  over, 
and  perhaps  save  her  from  a  life  of  drudgery  and 
want  after  I  had  gone. 

The  meeting  on  December  16th  was  a  very  large 
as  well  as  profitable  one.  A  clam  chowder  supper 
was  given  by  the  chairman,  and  those  who  did  not 
attend  missed  a  great  treat.  Remarks  were  made 
by  a  number  of  the  brothers  and  every  one  went 
away  feeling  that  the  Hudson  Division  was  in  a 
very  flourishing  condition  at  the  close  of  the  year 
of  1913. 

We  extend  our  sympathy  to  Bro.  L.  Bauer  in 
the  loss  of  his  brothea; 

Bro.  Boucher  bid  in  S.  S.  42  and  is  now  located 

Bro.  Ellison,  at  Stuyvesant  station,  and  Bro. 
Sweeney,  at  Stockport  station,  have  had  their 
week's  vacation,  relieved  by  Bro.   Sutherland. 

Bro.  E.  G.  Smith,  third  S.  S.  87,  off  for  a  few 
days  on  account  of  the  sudden  death  of  his  mother, 
was   relieved   by   Bro.   Everett,   from   Hudson. 

D.  P.  Shea,  second  S.  S.  90,  has  been  off  some 
time,  relieved  by  Mr.  Klock. 

Bro.  Cannon,  first  S.  S.  65,  off  for  Christmas, 
was  relieved  by  Mr.  Jackson. 

W.   E.   Smith  bid  in   third   S.   S.  63  temporary. 

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Bro.  Dedrick  covered  Poughkeepsie  relief  for 
ten  days. 

Bro.  D.  J.  Burns,  oflF  for  eye  test,  relieved  by 
Bro.   Everett. 

The  two  drawbridge  directors  have  resumed  at 

Bro.  Mooney  was  relieved  on  first  S.  S.  41  by 
J.  Smith.  Bro.  W.  A.  Smith  is  on  second  S.  S. 
37,  vice  Bro.  Ayres,  on  first,  vice  Bro.   Kiley. 

Bro.  L.  6.  Gaedeke,  brother  of  the  chief  dis- 
patcher, has  passed  the  wire  test. 

Bro.  Jackson,  first  S.  S.'Sl,  off  a  few  days  sick, 
was  relieved  by  Mr.  Carlson,  extra  from  German - 

Bro.  Bauer,  third  S.  S.  74,  off  some  time  on 
account  of  the  illness  and  death  of  his  brother. 

The  correspondent  wishes  all  a  happy  New  Year. 

Div.  Cor. 


Whbkeas,  Our  heavenly  Father,  in  His  infinite 
wisdom,  has  deemed  it  best  to  call  to  her  heavenly 
home  the  beloved  mother  of  our  esteemed  and 
worthy  brother,  S.  E.  Briggs;  in  manifestation  of 
our  fraternal  grief  and  sympathy,  be  it 

Resolved,  That  the  members  of  Hudson  Division, 
System  Division  No.  8,  Order  of  Railroad  Teleg- 
raphers, extend  to  the  bereaved  brother  and  mem- 
bers of  the  bereaved  family  their  sincere  and 
heartfelt  sympathy  in  this  their  hour  of  bereave- 
ment, and  be  it  further 

Resolved,  That  a  copy  of  these  resolutions  be 
forwarded  to  the  bereaved  brother,  a  copy  spread 
upon  the  minutes  of  this  Order  and  a  copy  for- 
warded to  The  Railkoad  Tblbgraphbr  for  publi- 
cation. F.  P.  Fralbigh, 
R.  L.  Dedrick, 
G.    C.    Hyatt, 


Whbrras,  Our  heavenly  Father,  in  His  infinite 
wisdom  and  goodness,  has  deetned  it  best  to  call 
to  the  great  beyond  the  mother  of  our  esteemed 
brother,  E.  G.  Smith,  and  we  bow  in  humble  sub- 
mission to  the  will  of  Him  who  doeth  all  things 
well;   therefore  be  it 

Resolved,  That  the  members  of  Hudson  Division, 
No.  8,  extend  to  the  sorrowing  members  of  the 
afflicted  family  and  brother  our  sincere  and  heart- 
felt sympathy  in  their  sad  bereavement,  and  be 
it  further 

Resolved,  That  a  copy  of  these  resolutions  be 
forwarded  to  the  bereaved  brother,  a  copy  to  The 
Tblegraprbr  for  publication,  and  a  copy  spread 
on  the  minutes  of  this  division. 

H.  Groupb, 
D.  Taylor, 
F.    McManus, 


Harlem  Division — 

It  is  now  Bro.  Birchard,  first  "NW,"  and 
Bro.   Birchard,  Jr.,  second  "HA." 

Bro.  Birchard,  first  "NW,"  spent  Thanksgiving 
with  relatives  at  Marion,  Conn.,  relieved  by  Bro. 

Smith;  Bro.  Jaggart  relieved  him  while  off  on 
account  of  sickness  in  family  and  a  sprained  wrist. 

Bro.  Ferris  has  been  appointed  freight  agent  at 
White  Plains,  to  succeed  Mr.  Mugler,  who  has 
been  appointed  supervising  agent  of  the  Electric 
Zone.  Bro.  Finelli  has  been  advanced  to  first 
"WM"  automatically  to  fill  the  vacancy  created  by 
Bro.  Schwartz's  temporary  trial  as  ticket  seller 
at  Grand  Central  terminal,  Mr.  Miles  covering 
Bro.  Finelli  at  second  **WM"  temporarily. 

Bro.  Collins,  first  "BV,"  attended  the  opening 
of  Proctor's  new  theatre  at  Mt.  Vernon. 

Bros.  Alrutz,  Rozelle  and  Collins,  the  three 
champion  bowlers,  have  organized  a  team  of  five 
to  enter  the  big  N.  Y.  C.  bowling  tournament, 
and  show  the  boys  from  the  different  branches  of 
the  service  what  the  "brass  pounders''  can  do. 

Bro.  Seaman,  second,  and  Bro.  Otis,  third 
**NW,"  were  recently  relieved  by  Bro.  Jaggart. 

Brothers,  on  page  1879  of  the  November  Rail- 
road Telegrapher  you  will  note  a  very  true  state- 
ment in  regards  to  carrying  of  mails  by  teleg- 
raphers and  station  agents  to  and  from  post  offices. 
You  will  especially  note  where  it  says,  "All  those 
in  favor  of  this  proposition  are  requested  to  write 
President  Perham  to  that  effect,"  which  I  do  not 
think  would  be  a  bad  idea,  as  the  mails  are  get- 
ting heavier  every  day  in  the  year.  If  all  inter- 
ested in  this  movement  would  get  together  and 
each  one  drop  President  Perham  his  little  note  in 
favor  of  same,  it  would  show  that  we  are  not 
forgetting  the  recommendation  which  our  worthy 
president  made  at  the  nineteenth  regular  session 
of  the  Grand  Division,  which  reads  as  follows: 
"That  this  session  of  the  Grand  Division  express 
its  disapproval  of  the  requirements  respecting 
telegraphers  and  station  agents  carrying  mail  be- 
tween railroad  stations  and  post  offices,  and  here- 
by authorizes  the  president  to  take  such  legis- 
lative action  as  in  his  judgment  may  be  necessary 
to  correct  the  evil."  "Boomer." 

Electric  Division — 

Bro.  Ferris  has  been  appointed  freight  agent  at 
White  Plaint,  N.  Y.,  Mr.  Mugler  being  appointed 
supervising  agent. 

Bro.  Miles  is  on  second  "WM"  until  first  is 

Bro.  Bonin.  back  from  the  D.  L.  W.,  is  now 
working  extra. 

Boys,  keep  right  after  the  nons  at  your  station 
until  they  are  landed.  Don't  become  weary  in 
well-doing  nor  get  discouraged.  Remember  our 
motto,  "No  card,  no  favors."  By  doing  so  we 
will  show  good  results. 

The  nons  at  "KO"  are  still  out,  although  we 
got  them  a  raise  in  the  last  schedule. 

Business  is  rushing,  travel  heavy,  and  lots  of 
"boomer"  operators  floating  around. 

Bro.  Donetz  was  awarded  second  "BV;"  Bro. 
Heller,  Fordham  agency;  Mr.  Colihan,  "CO,"  and 
Mr.   Williams,   third   "MY." 

Mr.  Kirk  has  been  appointed  yardmaster  at 
"YX,"    Mr.    Fairman    going   back    as    night    yard- 

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master,   according  to  seniority.     Mr.   Williams   is 
back  in  the  tower  service. 

Mr.  Hynes  it  at  "K(y  extra,  and  Mr.  Smith  at 
"FD."  Mr.  Borrin  at  "WM"  second,  and  Mr. 
Schwartz  has  the  terminal  job. 

Bro.  Alrutz  relieved  Sister  Alger  at  "RD"  on 
account  of  the  death  of  her  sister. 

"CE,"  Div.   Cor. 


Whbrbas,  The  Divine  Ruler  of  the  universe  has 
come  into  our  midst  and  removed  the  sister  of 
Sister  Alger;  therefore  be  it 

Resolved,  That  we  bow  in  humble  submission 
to  the  power  over  which  we  have  no  control,  and 
extend  to  the  bereaved  family  the  heartfelt  sym- 
pathy of  the  members  of  Division  8  of  the  Order 
of  Railroad  Telegraphers;  and  be  it  further 

Resolved,  That  a  copy  of  these  resolutions  be 
sent  to  the  bereaved  family,  a  copy  spread  on  the 
minutes  of  the  division,  and  a  copy  sent  to  The 
Tblbgrapher  for  publication. 

H.   D.    MURTY, 

J.  E.  Jaggbr, 
H.  K.  Moss, 


Michigan  Central  R.  R. 

East  Toledo  and  Bay  City  Divisions — 

D.  S.  Sutherland,  for  many  years  superintend- 
ent of  the  East  Toledo  and  Bay  City  Divisions, 
died  suddenly,  December  18th,  at  his  home  in 
Detroit  He  had  'occupied  the  honorary  position 
of  general  agent  for  two  years. 

Our  schedule  negotiations  are  at  the  point  where 
the  local  management  announces  that  at  present 
nothing  can  be  done  to  increase  expenses.  It  is 
therefore  necessary  for  us  to  turn  our  negotiations 
over  to  the  organization  who,  at  the  proper  time, 
will  advise  us  when  to  take  the  next  step  and 
what  it  will  be.  The  membership  should  be  ad- 
vised that  there  is  nothing  to  be  discouraged 
about.  There  is  a  little  temporary  lull  in  busi- 
ness, caused  by  the  readjustment  of  the  business 
of  the  country  to  the  changes  consequent  upon 
the  new  tariff  and  currency  laws.  When  these 
have  become  operative  and  prices  are  adjusted  to 
the  new  conditions,  business  will  settle  down  to 
new  and  greater  stimts  than  ever  before. 

The  men  represented  by  this  organization  are 
badly  underpaid,  and  readjustments  must  come. 
The  firmer  we  stand  up  for  them  the  quicker  they 
will  be  ours.  You  may  rtst  assured  that  nothing 
is  being  left  undone,  and  that  every  man  from 
local  chairman  to  president  is  on  the  job,  and  the 
schedule  will  be  revised  at  the  earliest  possible 

We  are  greatly  rejoiced  to  hear  of  the  splendid 
victory  won  by  our  brothers  on  the  old  Grand 
Trunk  Division  No.  1.  They  are  now  practically 
up  to  the  Canadian  Pacific  and  are  beckoning  the 
rest  of  us  to  greater  heights. 

This  is  but  another  example  of  what  can  he 
done   through    this    organization    by    the    employes 

of  any  road  if  they  wiU  stand  together  and  put 
some  "pep**  into  their  actions.  The  writer  would 
respectfully  call  this  to  the  attention  of  some 
men  on  our  own  line  who  are  prone  to  be  too 
easily  satisfied.  We  are  only  praying  that  the 
same  lightning  that  has  struck  the  Grand  Trunk 
will   fall  upon  a  few  others  in  this  vicinity. 

Our  regular  meeting  on  the  third  Monday  in 
December  brought  some  surprises.  We  had  talent 
enough  present,  which,  if  spread  out  would  have 
spiced  up  several  meetings.  The  negotiations  of 
the  Pere  Marquette  telegraphers  are  being  argued 
before  the  United  States  district  court  here  at 
Detroit,  necessitating  the  presence  here  of  the 
Pere  Marquette  general  committee,  also  Third 
Vice-President  Campbffll.  It  happened  that  Gen- 
eral Chairman  Robertson,  of  the  Canadian  Pacific, 
was  also  here,  and  we  were  blessed  by  visits  from 
all  of  these  brothers.  General  Chairman  Knister, 
of  the  Pere  Marquette,  gave  one  of  his  character- 
istic talks,  which  are  so  much  enjoyed  by  our 
members.  General  Secretary-Treasurer  Adair,  of 
the  Pere  Marquette,  followed  with  some  helpful 
remarks.  At  this  juncture  Bros.  Campbell  and 
Robertson  entered,  and,  all  being  anxious  to  hear 
news  from  the  field,  Bro.  Campbell  was  asked  to 
speak.  The  writer  has  always  found  our  third 
vice-president's  talks  interesting,  but  never  so 
much  so  as  in  this  instance.  It  was  in  reality 
"heart  to  heart."  We  were  told  of  the  happenings 
in  the  field  that  were  pertinent  to  our  interests, 
and  given  splendid  counsel  and  advice  upon  our 
own  particular  situation.  '  Some  details  of  the 
recent  Grand  Trunk  settlement  were  given,  which, 
as  may  be  imagined,  were  listened  to  with  inter- 
est. It  was  with  great  regret  that  we  heard 
Bro.  Campbell  is  soon  to  retire  from  our  ranks 
to  enter  law  practice  at  Winnipeg;  but  he  will  not 
be  separated  from  our  counsel^  entirely,  as  in  a 
private  way  he  is  to  l»e  a  sort  of  counsel  in  gen- 
eral for  Canadian  Pacific  Railroad  employes.  He 
will  also  be  accessible  lo  committees  of  this  or- 
ganization for  help  at  any  time.  Wc  wish  for 
Bro.  Campbell  every  success  in  his  venture,  which 
he  richly  deserves. 

If  we  must  lose  Bro.  Campbell,  there  is  no  other 
man  known  in  our  section  whom  we  would  rather 
have  succeed  him  than  the  man  who  has  been  se- 
lected— Bro.  G.  D.  Robertson,  general  chairman 
of  the  Canadian  Pacific.  Bro.  Robertson  is  not 
only  the  most  successful  general  chairman  in  the 
organization,  but  a  splendid  fellow  in  every  way, 
and  we  believe  that  the  great  work  of  our  retiring 
vice-president  will  continue  unabated  under  the 
new.  Bro.  Robertson  gave  us  a  short  and  inter- 
esting talk. 

General  Chairman  Culkins  was  with  us  and  ex- 
plained the  situation  as  regards  our  negotiations 
at  present.  He  spent  the  day  in  Detroit,  listen- 
ing to  the  Pere  Marquette  proceedings  before  the 
district  court. 

There  were  a  goodly  number  of  members  pres- 
ent, but  had  it  been  noised  around  that  we  were 
to  have  the  attractions  the  attendance  would  have 
been  trebled.  Let  this  be  a  warning  to  those  who 
do  not  attend   regularly.     You   never  know  when 

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you  may  hxve  a  treat.  At  any  rate,  you  will  be 
well  repaid  any  time  for  attendance. 

Bros.  Geor^  L.  Foran  and  Josef  Ferriott,  of 
the  Towermen,  cheered  us  with  their  presence. 

Bros.  G.  J.  Shoup  and  A.  B.  Allen,  of  Oxford, 
ventured  down. 

I  have  a  short  supply  of  news  from  the  field, 
so  if  you  are  disappointed,  that  is  the  reason. 

Bom,  to  Bro.  and  Mrs.  Martin  J.  Carey,  a 
daughter.     Congratulations.  W.  H.  C. 

Saginaw   and   Mackinaw   Division — 

Bro.  G.  H.  Stokes,  extra  dispatcher,  is  back  in 
**DI,'»  Bay  City,  after  relieving  regular  dispatchers. 

Bro.  C  S.  Lauber  is  at  Swan  Creek,  pending 
bulletin,  Mr.   Gulledge   resigned. 

Bro.  L.  V.  Whitney,  third  Bay  City.  "WS,"  bid 
in  third  hours  at  Lansing. 

Bro.  Wagoner,  third  Lansing,  bid  in  day  hours 
at  Gaylord. 

Bro.  O.  E.  Gilbert,  extra  "DI,"  Bay  City,  for 
so  long,  landed  third  hours  Bay  City,  W.  S.;  Bro. 
C  Poole  relieving  third  Bay  City  W.  S.,  while 
changes    being   made. 

Bro.  S.  B.  Cook  relieving  first  Gaylord  until  the 
arrival  of  Bro.  Wagner,  later  to  Otter  Lake  re- 
lieving agent  there. 

The  new  seniority  list  shows  144  men  on  the 
three  divisions,  and  about  98  per  cent  good  O. 
R.  T.  men.  Mr.  Hagerty,  agent  Cheboygan,  heads 
the  list,  starting  in  1875. 

Bro.  Gordon,  agent  Sterling,  oflF  three  days,  re- 
lieved by  Mr.  Anderson,  relief  agent. 

Bro.  H.  H.  Allen,  third  Roscommon,  bid  in 
third  Wolverine,  Bro.  Stokes  going  to  Wenona 
third.  Bro.  Valley,  at  St.  Helen,  goes  to  Alger 

Boys,  send  in  a  few  news  item^  so  we  can  have 
a  good  write-up  each  month.  We  all  enjoy  read- 
ing the  news  items  for  our  division;  what  you 
send  in  some  one  will  get  the  benefit  of  and  you 
will  get  the  benefit  of  what  some  one  else  sends. 
It  is  more  than  one  can  do  to  take  in  the  happen- 
ings of  the  whole  division.  Bro.  Van  is  still  on 
the  trail  each  month  and  picks  up  his  share,  and 
we  hope  a  few  more  of  the  boys  will  do  the  same. 

Don't  forget  to  pay  up  your  dues  and  get  that 
new  card  promptly;  every  little  bit  helps  and  we 
will  need  it  before  long  now. 

Don't  forget  about  sending  your  remittance  ad- 
vice slip  to  the  local  chairman,  so  that  he  can  keep 
you  booked   up-to-date. 

Bro.  Goldie,  agent  West  Branch,  has  been  laid 
up  for  the  past  two  months,  having  been  run  over 
by  an  auto  and  had  several  ribs  and  his  nose 
broken.  The  accident  occurred  at  night,  and  the 
driver  of  the  auto  had  no  lights.  If  Bro.  Goldie 
was  not  a  total  abstainer,  we  would  not  be  won- 
dering so  much  as  to  how  it  happened.  Bob. 

fVest  JoH€t  and  Benton  Harbor  Divisions — 

Bro.  Kingsley,  dispatcher,  has  resumed  after 
spending  twenty  days  in^  Michigan  and  Chicago; 
Bro.  Pfeifer,  dispatcher,  is  back  on  first  and  Bro. 
Herron,  dispatcher,  relieved  Bro.  Green,  dispatcher, 
on  vacation. 

Bro.  Anderson,  o£f  ten  days  getting  married, 
has  again  resumed  duty  at  "SI,"  Kensington.  He 
was  relieved  by  Bro.  Derflinger,  and  he  at  "TY" 
nights  by  Mr.  Cole. 

Bro.  Bradford,  who  has  been  relieving  Bro. 
Murphy  at  *'DO'*  Chicago,  is  back  on  third  Galien 
again.  Operators  at  Galien  are  handling  the  head- 
in  switch  to  eastbound  siding  since  December  Ist, 
which  means  $5  per  month  for  each  of  them. 
From  fifteen  to  thirty  barrels  of  fish  are  being 
shipped  from  St.  Joe  to  Chicago  now  every  even- 
ing, which  makes  the  transfer  at  Galien  very 

I  want  to  thank  the  boys  for  their  very  liberal 
donation  of  items  this  month,  and  hope  we  will 
never  lose  sight  of  that  necessary  part  we  all 
should  play,  for  every  little  bit  helps. 

Mr.  Wiitson,  relief  agent,  is  relieving  Bro.  Hunt, 
at  Baroda,  on  vacation.  Div.  Coa. 

Michigan  &  Chicago  Ry. 

This  is  a  new  road,  running  from  Battle  Creek 
to  Allegan  and  from  Kalamazoo  to  Grand  Rapids. 
The  Grand  Rapids- Kalamazoo  Division  is  just  be- 
ing finished,  with  about  fifteen  miles  to  ballast  yet. 

The  ballast  trains  haul  dirt  from  Richland 
gravel  pit  to  Montieth  Jet,  and  switch  off  onto 
the   new   line   from   there. 

The  Allegan  Division  is  being  made  ready  for 
third  railing  in  the  spring,  and  the  entire  line 
will  then  be  operated  by  electricity,  although  steam 
will  be  used  for  switch  engines. 

J.  T.  Northrop,  formerly  of  the  M.  C.  R.  R.,  is 
now  chief  dispatcher  for  this  line,  located  at  Rich- 
land, Mich.,  the  temporary  dispatcher's  office.  Dis- 
patcher's office  will  be  built  in  a  new  junction 
depot,  to  be  erected  at  Montieth  Jet.,  the  junction 
of  the  two  divisions  in  the  spring  and  both  divi- 
sions will  be  dispatched  from  there. 

Bro.  Sam  Helt  renjained  with  this  company  at 

F.  S.  Sheen,  an  old  M.  C.  man.  landed  York- 
ville  agency  when  Lathrop  resigned  to  study  den- 
tistry  at   Ann   Arbor. 

W.  H.  Miller,  formerly  ticket  agent  at  Lansing 
for  the  M.  U.  T.  Co.,  is  agent  and  operator  at 
Richland.  N.  P.  Piper,  former  agent  for  M.  U.  T. 
Co.  at  Battle  Creek,  is  agent  and  operator  at  Gull 
Lake  Jet. 

John  Hiscock  is  joint  a^ent  and  towerman  at 
Richland  Jet.  for  this  line  and  the  C.  K.  &  S.  Ry. 

Leonard  Gilligan,  from  Kalamazoo,  is  operator 
at  gravel  pit.  J.  C.  Daugherty,  from  the  G.  R. 
&  I.,  is  operator  and  pumper  at  Montieth  Jet.  He 
has  been  having  trouble  with  pump  there,  and 
gravel  trains  have  had  to  go  to  Gun  River  for 

This  division  has  no  telegraph  lines,  but  uses 
phones.  There  is  no  Sunday  trains,  and  minimum 
for  operators  is  $50  per  month.  Some  of  the 
agencies  are  better  paid. 

L.  R.  Young,  formerly  assistant  traffic  manager 
of  the  Michigan  Buggy  at  Kalamazoo  and  at  one 
time  an  operator  on  the  L.  S.  &  M.  S.,  is  agent 
at  Allegan.  He  has  a  helper,  as  has  Agent  Piper 
at  Gull  Lake  Jet. 

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The  head  of  this  company  is  F.  W.  Brown 
traffic  manager,  an  old  M.  C.  ticket  agent  and 
telegrapher.  , 

There  is  no  organization  on  this  line  yet, 
although  a  few  of  the  men  are  members,  and  per- 
haps it  would  not  take  long  to  line  the  thing  up. 

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Pennsylvania   Ry.   Lines   East. 

iVilliamsport  &  Susquehanna  Division — 

Never  before  in  the  history  of  this  division  has 
the  outlook  been  so  bright  as  it  is  at  present.  We 
have  built  our  membership  up  from  almost  nothing 
two  years  ago  until  today  we  have  a  membership 
that  we  may  well  be  proud  of,  both  as  to  numbers 
and  life  and  enthusiasm.  The  membership  in 
general  are  working  more  than  they  ever  did. 
Everyone  seems  to  think  it  is  up  to  him  to  get 
busy  and  keep  up  the  good  work  and  try  in  a 
small  way  to  keep  up  in  the  pace  set  for  us  by 
our  ever-hustling  local  chairman,  who  seems  to 
never  tire,  but  just  keeps  on  working  almost  day 
and  m'ght. 

The  brothers  of  this  division,  by  contribution, 
purchased  and  gave  to  our  worthy  local  chairman, 
Bro,  A.  C.  Grieb,  a  handsome  roll-top  desk  foV  a 
Christmas  present,  and  at  the  same  time  as  a 
very  small  token  of  their  esteem,  respect  and  love 
for  him  and  appreciation  of  the  work  he  has  done 
for  us;  and  we  hope  and  trust  that  it  will  unite 
us  all  more  closely  in  brotherhood.  May  the 
bonds  of  brotherhood  and  brotherly  love  never 
break  nor  even  weaken,  but  instead  ever  grow 
stronger.  Bro.  Grieb  was  very  much  surprised 
when  he  received  the  gift,  and  he  certainly  appre- 
ciates it  very  much  not  alone  for  the  usefulness 
of  it,  but  as  a  memento  of  his  relations  with  us 
in  this  work.  At  the  same  time  it  was  "just  what 
he  needed."  It  was  presented  to  him  on  Tuesday, 
December  23d,  by  a  delegation  consisting  of  Bros. 
C.  S.  Dieffenderfer,  C.  t.  Fenstermacher,  C.  R. 
Dugan,  C.  F.  Wasser  and  J.  C.  O'Donnell.  All 
brothers  were  invited,  but  on  account  of  the  very 
bad  weather  that  day,  no  others  came.  It  was  a 
complete  surprise  to  Bro.  Grieb,  and  he  says  he 
can  not  see  how  we  kept  it  so  quiet.  He  was 
so  delighted  he  could  not  make  a  speech,  and  de- 
sires to  express  his  thanks  in  this  way  to  every 
brother  who  contributed  and  wishes  each  and 
every  member  and  family  a  happy,  prosperous  new 
year  and  many  of  them. 

There  are  so  many  changes  among  the  men  on 
this  division  that  it  is  hard  to  keep  track  of  them 
all,  so  if  we  miss  some,  you  will  know  why. 

The  following  arc  recent  bids:  Bro.  J.  I. 
Klingenberger,  first  *'KI;"  Bro.  W.  D.  Gresh,  12- 
hour  day  trick  "HY;"  Bro.  C.  R.  Dugan,  third 
"RO;"  Bro.  R.  S.  Frey,  third  "KI;"  Bro.  R.  L. 
Miller,  12-hour  night  trick  "HY;"  Bro.  H.  E. 
Royer,  third  "SV;"  Bro.  F.  W.  Wetzel,  third 
"SY,"  and  Bro.  W.  S.  Minnicr,  second  "VI." 

It  is  now  Bro.  H.  J.  Englc,  second  "RV,"  mak- 
ing that  office  solid.  It  is  very  gratifying  when 
you    count    the    numerous    "solid"    offices    on    this 

division,  and  before  another  month  passes  we  will 
have  several  more  of  them. 

Bro.  L.  E,  Stewart,  second  "B"  tower,  and  wife 
spent  his  December  relief  day  in  Philadelphia, 
taking  in  sights  and  doing  Christmas  shopping. 

Local  Chairman  Bro.  Grieb  spent  his  December 
relief  day  around  Sunbury  and  "Norry,"  looking 
after  the  few  nons  around  there. 

Bro.  A.  L.  Grimm  is  on  second  "DR"  during 
the  prolonged  absence  of  H.  T.  Mitten.  There  are 
some  nons  around  there  and  at  "OJ"  for  Lee  and 
Bro.  Shaffer  to  work  on. 

Bro.  L.  W.  Auchmuty  working  "BQ"  while  up 
for  bids,  and  at  first  "RF"  during  the  prolonged 
absence  of  I.  F.  Troutman. 

Bro.  I.  C.  Herritt,  third  "GD,"  spent  his  Decem- 
ber relief  day  at  his  home  at  Jersey  Shore. 

Bro.  S.  B.  Wilt,  Relief  No.  5,  helped  his  father- 
in-law  butcher  recently,  relieved  by  Bro.  C.  A. 
Fenstermacher.  Suppose  he  got  some  pork  prod- 
ucts and  is  now  enjoying  the  delicious  sausage 
and  buckwheat  cakes. 

Bro.  S.  W.  Reichenbauch,  thfrd  "HU,"  Vhile 
out  gunning  recently  had  a  narrow  escape  from 
being  shot,  the  bullet  giving  him  a  hair-cut. 

Bro.  M.  J.  Snyder,  third  "RF,"  spent  a  day 
recently  in  Philadelphia,  doing  his  Christmas  shop- 

Bro.  C.  C.  Spade,  first  "GD,"  off  two  days 
helping  "Pap"  butcher,  relieved  by  E.  D.  Mcckley. 
Another  brother  feasting  on  sausage  and  buck- 
wheat cakes. 

Bro.  H.  F.  Hubler,  second  "RK,"  spent  his 
relief  day  in  Sunbury. 

Bro.  W.  S.  Minnier  seems  to  be  very  attentive 
to  that  little  blue-eyed  lassie.  Better  watch  out, 
"Muggsy;"  dangerous  shoals;  been  a  number  of 
our  brotliers  married  recently. 

Now,  brothers,  I  must  appeal^  to  you  again  in 
this  matter  of  correspondence.  I  must  have  more 
news  from  you  if  you  want  a  good  write-up  each 
month.  One  can  not  know  what  is  going  on 
all  along  the  line  unless  some  others  help  out  by 
sending  some  news  to  him.  Suppose  you  were 
all  busy  with  Christmas  this  time,  but  remember 
the  correspondent  is  just  as  busy  as  you  are  and 
likes  to  have  a  little  time  to  enjoy  the  occasion, 
too,  and  it  is  a  little  too  much  for  one  brother  to 
try  to  do  this  alone.  Please  send  me  what  you 
know  or  can  find  out;  even  one  item  from  each 
brother  would  make  a  very  nice  write-up;   try  it. 

Bro.  S.  H.  Young,  second  "AQ,"  is  again  con- 
fined to  bed.  He  was  better,  was  able  to  be 
around,  but  is  now  confined  to  bed  again,  having 
suffered  a  relapse.  He  has  the  sympathy  of  the 
brothers.  Steve. 

Allegheny  Division — - 

It  is  certainly  encouraging  to  jcceive  a  few 
items  from  the  boys  along  the  line,  and  I  assure 
you  that  same  is  appreciated  by  me,  as  it  is  the 
hardest  task  for  a  man  to  make  a  write-up  when 
you  have  nothing  to  do  it  with.  I  am  sure  if  some 
of  the  brothers  had  to  do  it  for  a  few  times  that 
they  would  soon  get  tired  of  their  job  and  give  it 
up    for   good,    with    a    few   complimentary   remarks 

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added  on  the  "Qt,"  but  such  is  not  the  case  here. 
I  have  always  tried  to  have  a  write-up  in  the  jour- 
nal whether  I  received  any  help  from  the  boys 
along  the  line  or  not,  and  I  wish  to  take  th!^ 
opportunity  to  thank  those  who  have  heli>ed  me  out 
in  the  past  year  with  a  few  items  each  month,  and 
earnestly  hope  that  they  will  continue  the  good 
work  the  coming  new  year,  and  also  hope  that 
some  of  the  others  will  also  take  an  interest  in 
this  work  and  help  out,  for  every  little  bit  helps 
and  is  appreciated. 

I  also  wish  to  take  this  opportunity  to  thank 
one  and  all  for  the  assistance  they  have  rendered 
me  during  the  past  year,  which  has  been  a  very 
trying  one  indeed,  and  it  is  certainly  gratifying 
to  me  to  see  so  many  good,  loyal  brothers  paid  up 
to  date  as  we  have  on  this  division  at  the  close  of 
1913.  I  earnestly  hope  that  you  will  give  me  your 
support  and  assistance  the  coming  year  as  you  have 
m  the  past,  and  I  assure  you  that  by  so  doing  we 
will  have  a  better  organization  on  the  division  at 
the  close  of  1914  than  we  ever  had  before  in  its 
history.  While  we  have  a  few  during  the  last 
term  who  did 'not  pay  up,  some  did  not  drop  out 
intentionally,  being  compelled  to  do  so  on  account 
of  financial  circumstances,  and  are  coming  back  in 
again  as  soon  as  they  can  get  the  necessary  cash 
to  do  so,  but  there  are  a  few  who  are  getting 
"cold  feet." 

We  must  build  up  our  organization  to  a  per- 
centage strong  enough  so  we  can  demand  some- 
thing like  the  other  brotherhoods.  It  has  been 
explained  time  and  time  again  that  those  who  drop 
out  hurt  themselves  by  dropping  out  more  than 
the  organization,  and  those  who  have  no  good 
reason  for  doing  so  should  consider  this. 

I  hope  each  brother  on  the  division  during  the 
new  year  will  appoint  himself  a  committee  of  one 
and  try  and  land  one  new  member  during  the  year, 
or  as  many  more,  if  there  are  any  nons  left.  Get 
the  man  working  ne«t  to  you.  Be  a  real  union 
man,  and  get  out  and  hustle  and  boost  the  organi- 
zation this  new  year,  working  for  the  interest  of 
one  another,  for  the  common  good  of  all. 

The  cost  to  join  Division  17  is:  January  and 
July,  $9.00;  February  and  August,  $8.25;  March 
and  September,  $7.50;  April  and  October,  $6.75; 
May  and  November,  $6.00;  June  and  December, 
$5.25.  The  above  includes  initiation  fee,  $3.50, 
and  dues  for  the  balance  of  the  term,  which  is  75 
cents  per  month,  and  also  includes  $1.00  initiation 
fee  into  the  M.  B.  D.  or  insurance  department,  but 
does  not  pay  the  assessments  which  accrue  after 
your  application  has  been  approved  by  the  insur- 
ance committee.  All  applicants  must  take  out 
insurance  when  taking  membership  in  the  Order 
unless  their  age  limit  lets  them  out,  or  they  arc 
rejected  by  the  insurance  committee.  Write  me  and 
I  will  gladly  give  you  any  further  information 
necessary  as  well  as  supply  you  with  application 
blanks  upon  request  for  same.  Let's  all  get  busy 
and  make  this  division  as  near  solid  as  possible 
by  the  end  of  1914.  I  believe  it  would  be  well 
to  start  the  new  year  by  applying  our  motto,  "No 
card,  no  favors,"  and  by  so  doing  perhaps  we 
could    convince    some    of    these    old    hard-shelled 

nons  that  if  they  desire  favors  that  they  must  get 
into  the  fold  and  help  in  the  good  work. 

Bro.  Buff  Smith  bid  in  second  Sandy.  Barras, 
first  "HY,"  oflP  six  weeks  visiting  in  the  West, 
relieved  by  Bro.  Luttrell,  second  "UN,"  and  he 
by  Bro.  J.   M.   Campbell,   extra. 

Bro.   C.  B.  McCoy  bid  in  third  "NB." 

Bro.  C.  O.  Will  is  back  on  extra  in  "K"  office. 

Bro.  George,  second,  off  a  few  days  rabbit 
hunting,  was  relieved  by  Bro.  Frank  McNamara, 

Bro.  Watson,  extra,  on  first  Monterey  a  few 

Bro.  G.  N.  Shoup  bid  in  second  "FO"  tower, 
vice  Mr.  Armfield,  who  went  to  the  Salamanca 
branch  and  later  bid  in  first  Sandy. 

Bro.  F.  P.  Murray,  our  old  reliable,  bid  in  first 
trick  "BO." 

Bro.  Parke  displaced  from  first  "PA"  tower 
by  former  agent  at  Parker,  G.  M.  Sloughnehoupt, 
went  to  first  "«MN,"  displacing  Bro.  Conley,  who 
went  to  third  "PA,"  displacing  Bro.  E.  E.  Johns, 
who  went  to  third  "FO,"  vice  Bro.  Miller,  extra. 

Bro.  C.  A.  Shuster  displaced  Bro.  F.  A.  Mc- 
Elhinney  on  third  "CH,"  who  relieved  him  on 
Phillipston  first  until  bid  in. 

Bro.  F.  A.  McNamara,  extra,  third  Trunkey- 
ville  and  Tidioute,  relieved  Bro.  H.  M.  Curran, 
third  "WD,"  a  few  days. 

Bro.  W.  W.  Hall,  of  Vandalia,  spent  his  relief 
day   in    Buffalo. 

•     Bro.   Persall  transferred  back  to   third  Quaker, 
relieved   on   second   there   by    Extra    Flower. 

Bro.  Pringle  was  relieved  a  few  days  by  L.  L. 
Brown,  extra. 

J.  M.  Wells,  first  Salamanca,  on  vacation,  was 
relieved  by  R.   B.   Caldwell,  extra. 

It  is  now  Bros.  Seitz  at  West  Hickory,  Thomp- 
son at  Trunkeyville  third,  and  Crawford,  first  at 
Rockmere,  and  more  to  follow  the  first  of  the 
new  year.  Extend  the  hand  of  fraternity  to  above 
new  brothers  and  make  them  feel  welcome  and 
,  at  home  in  the  Order,  and  show  them  that  we 
appreciate  their  membership. 

A  great  deal  of  interest  is  being  displayed  over 
the  entire  system  at  this  time  in  the  "get  together 
move,"  and  I  hope  all  brothers  will  help  to  bring 
this  matter  before  all  the  brotherhood  men.  I 
have  been  trying  to  get  joint  brotherhood  meetings 
on  this  division  with  all  the  brotherhoods,  but 
so  far  have  been  unable  to  do  so.  A  large  and 
enthusiastic  joint  meeting  was  held  at  Altoona 
on  the  twenty-first,  with  the  attendance  of  1,200 
at  the  afternoon  meeting  and  about  1,000  at  the 
evening  meeting,  where  the  "get  together  move" 
was  discussed  thoroughly  by  Grand  officers  of  the 
different  brotherhoods.  One  of  the  special  fea- 
tures of  the  meeting  was  to  warn  the  men  from 
joining  this  new  so  called  Pennsylvania  Railroad 
Employes'  Mutual  Benefit  Association.  Stay  away 
from  this  association.  It  is  another  fake  organiza- 
tion  with    the    Pennsylvania    Railroad    behind    it. 

Your  dues  and  M.  B.  I),  assessments  arc  now 
due.  I  hope  you  will  send  them  in  as  soon  as 
possible,  and  by  so  doing  keep  yourself  in  good 
standing   as   well    as   protect    your    loved    ones,    as 

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death  is  most  uncertain  and  comes  unexpected, 
so  in  order  to  protect  your  beneficiaries  pay  your 
dues  promptly. 

I  hope  the  brothers  will  let  me  have  a  few 
items  for  the  next  journal.  Several  of  the  extra 
or  relief  men  promised  to  send  me  items  for  this 
write-up,  but  am  sorry  to  say  that  L  failed  to  get 
them.  I  hope  they  will  make  good  for  the  next 
journal.  Let  me  have  the  items  about  the  20th 
of  every  month,  and  help  out  in  the  good  ,cause. 

With  best  wishes  for  a  happy  and  prosperous 
New  Year  to  all.  Cket.  18. 

Allegheny  Division,   Low   Grade   Branch — 

Bro.  J.  L.  Crawley,  extra  on  Shannon  first, 
vacated  by  Bro.  Steinbrook,  who  bid  in  third  Bell. 

Bro.  E.  D.  Craig,  second  '*AW,"  bid  in  first 
there,  \acated  by  Bro.  Bain,  who  received  the 
agency  there,  vacated  by  the  death  of  the  late 
Bro.  Welch.  Bro.  Bundy,  extra,  on  second  **AW" 
until  bid  in. 

Bro.  Buzzard,  second  Shannon,  on  ten  days* 
hunting  trip,  was^  relieved  by  Extra  Stewart. 

Bro.  L.  D.  Segui,  third  "DA,"  is  spending  thirty 
days'  vacation  with  his  mother  in  Petersburg,  Fla., 
relieved  by  Extra  McWilliams. 

Bro.  Carey  was  off  a  few  days  recently  on  a 
business  trip  to  Buffalo  and  other  points. 

Extra  Dixon  is  on  third  Tyler,  vacated  by  Sister 
Shannon,  who  became  the  wife  of  former-Bro. 
Joice,  agent  Reynoldsville,  on  Thanksgiving  day. 
We  extend  hearty  congratulations  to  the  happy 

Bro.  Hepler,  extra,  bid  in  second  Rock  Run,  va- 
cated by  Bro.  Keating,  who  bid  in  third  "AW." 
Mr.  Kissinger,  first  Rock  Run,  off  sick,  was  re- 
lieved by  McWilliams  and  McEntyre. 

Mr.  Giddings,  first  west  end,  off  a  few  days 
recently  on  account  of  serious  illness  of  his  wife, 
was  relieved  by  Bro.  C.  W.  Robertson. 

Bro.  Young,  who  had  been  relieving  Agent 
Winslow  at  Oak  Ridge  for  some  time,  has  returned 
to  second  Mayport- 

Bro.  L.  D.  Cable,  second  Bell,  is  on  third  Rose, 
vice  Bro.  Carberry,  appointed  ticket  clerk  and 
operator  at  Ford  City.  Extra  McCracken,  star 
outfielder,  Virginia  State  League,  relieved  Mr. 
Showalter,  second  Rose,  who  returned  to  Kinbrae. 

Agent  Williams,  Rimersburg,  transferred  to 
Parker  as  agent. 

Bro.  McGarity,  second  "NA,"  attended  the  dance 
at  Summerville  given  by  the  high  school  there, 
relieved  by   Bro.   Crawley.  C.   L.   K. 

Baltimore  Division — 

The  Order  of  Railroad  Telegraphers  has  had 
laws  enacted,  shortened  the  hours,  raised  the 
wages,  and  bettered  the  conditions  of  telegraphers 
in  general,  and  is  still  endeavoring  to  put  the  wage 
of  the  telegrapher  and  station  agent  where  it 
belongs,  among  the  highest  paid  wage-earners  in 
the  country.  If  the  men  engaged  in  the  pro- 
fession will  sec  the  wisdom  of  joining  the  organi- 
zation and  doing  their  part  to  help  it  will  only  be 
a  short  time  when  this  will  become  a  reality. 

We  are  making  progress  on  this  division  toward 
solid  organizhtion.  Each  month  we^  add  one  or 
two  new  members,  and  if  all  will  just  help  a 
little  we  would  soon  gather  in  the  rest 

Our  meetings  are  well  attended  and  are  interest- 
ing.  because  we  make  them  so.  Each  member 
present  has  something •  to  say  which  is  instructive 
and  helpful.  This  is  the  way  union  men  are  made, 
by  learning  what  labor  unions  do,  and  what  they 
stand  for.  " 

Local  Chairman  Fidler  and  Bros.  Farcht  and 
Smith  went  non  hunting  recently  with  good  re- 
sults.    Good  work,   boys,  go  again. 

Bro.  R.  E.  Lloyd  has  resumed  work  at  "JA." 

The  pass  question  is  troubling  many  of  the  boys 
who  live  in  Pennsylvania. 

General  Chairman  Miller  has  returned  from  the 
American  Federation  of  Labor  convention  with 
much  interesting  news  of  the  progress  that  organ- 
ized labor  was  making  throughout  the  country,  and 
the  boys  all  enjoyed  his  talk  as  usual,  as  he  always 
has  an  interesting  message.  Broe.  L.  F.  Kurtz, 
N.  G.  Tracy  and  G.  B.  Snyder,  at  "V,"  and  that 
bunch  of  O.  R.  T.  Talbotts  at  White  Hall  arc 
some  good  union  blood  and  are  always  right  up  to 

Have  you  paid  your  dues  yet?  If  not.  tell  your 
local  chairman  why. 

A  happy  New  Year  to  alL  "Ton." 

Philadelphia  Division — 

Quite  a  few  members  have  been  added  to  our 
rolls  recently,  and  the  man  outside  of  his  fra- 
ternity on  the  P.  R.  R.,  Philadelphia  Division, 
is  something  of  a  curiosity.  We  welcome  the 
newcomers,  and  trust  the  sum  total  of  fraternalism 
has  been  augmented  by  their  accession. 

For  we  must  be  fraternal,  brothers.  In  the  last 
analysis  every  action  must  be  actuated  by  selfish 
motives;  but  let  us  be  wisely  selfish.  And  the 
most  enlightened  selfishness  teaches  the  lesson  that 
the  masses  of  the  people  should  do  away  with  the 
body-killing  and  soul-killing  competition  among 

Unions  of  workers  are  co-operative  societies 
which  in  many  ways  increase  the  remuneration 
and  lighten  the  burdens  of  its  members,  and  that 
worker  who  spurns  the  organization  and  fails  in 
the  duty  of  being  one  of  its  units  is  truly  a  rene- 
gade to  his  kind. 

The  world  is  hungering  and  thirsting  for 
brotherhood.  Let  us  live  up  to  the  opportunities, 
be  brotherly  and  make  our  world  brighter — a  better 
place  of  habitation. 

The  joint  co-operative  meetings  of  the  five  rail- 
road brotherhoods,  held  at  White  Hall,  Harris- 
burg,  and  Trenton  recently  were  well  attended  by 
a  number  of  members  from  each  organization,  and 
were  a  decided  success.  Those  who  were  so  un- 
fortunate as  not  to  be  there  missed  a  rare  treat. 
However,  there  will  be  similar  meetings  in  the 
near  future  at  different  points,  so  that  all  may 
have  an  opportunity  to  attend  and  become  inter- 
ested in  the  co-operative  movement  which,  without 
a  doubt,  is  the  only  true  solution  of  materially 
bettering    the    working   conditions   and    promoting 

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The  Railroad  Telegrapher. 


the  fraternal  and  social  spirit  of  these  five  organ- 
ited  bodies. 

Bto.  S.  S.  Christ  is  working  extra  in  the  super- 
intendent's office  at  Harrisburg. 

Bro.  C.  W.  Melchor,  local  chairman,  is  doing 
extra  work  at  the  assistant  trainmaster's  office. 

Bro.  J.  K.  Lcyder  has  just  returned  from  a  thret 
weeks'  hunting  trip  and  reports  gam^  plentiful. 

Bro.  W.  B.  Maulfair  is  doing  extra  work  at 


Wbeiisas,  The  benign  and  gracious  Father  has 
seen  fit  to  call  to  his  everlasting  home  our  beloved 
brother,  H.  M.  Stevens;  in  memory  of  our  departed 
co-worker  and  in  sympathy  with  his  relatives  and 
friends,  be  it 

Resolved,  By  the  members  of  Division  17,  Order 
of  Railroad  Telegraphers,  that  we  extend  to  the 
members  of  the  family  of  our  deceased  brother 
our  heartfelt  sympathy  in  their  hour  of  bereave- 
ment; and  be  it  further 

Resolved,  That  a  copy  of  this  resolution  be  sent 
to  the  family  of  the  deceased  brother,  a  copy 
spread  upon  the  minutes  of  the  division,  and  a 
cvpy  forwarded  to  The  Telegrapher  for  publica- 
tiou.  C.  S.  Mblchor,  Local  Chairman. 

G.  M.  EsHBLMAN,  Asst.  L.  C. 


Duflfiyn  Mawr,  Pa.,  Dec.  2,  1913. 
To  the  Members  of  Division  17,  O.  R.  T.: 

We  wish  to  express  our  great  appreciation  and 
sincere  thanks  to  the  members  of  Division  17,  O. 
R.  T.,  for  the  heaiifelt  sympathy  in  our  rfecent 
bereavement  in  the  loss  of  our  beloved  father  and 
husband.  Mrs.  Lulu  Stevens  and  Family. 

Buffalo  Division — 

Bro.  H.  W.  Quested  bid  in  third  "BC"  block 

Bro.  C  S.  Simmons  is  now  local  chairman  for 
this  division  and  ready  to  receive  all  applications 
and  give  information  to  all  the  nons  as  to  the 
workings  of  the  Order  and  initiation  fees. 

We  hope  to  have  a  lot  of  new  members  in  line 
by  the  next  write-up.  Brothers,  don't  wait  for 
me  to  write  to  those  nons  next  to  you.  Get  after 
them  and  secure  their  applications,  and  it  won't 
be  long  before  we  will  have  a  strong  division. 
Make  yourself  an  organizer  and  send  in  your 
application.  If  you  haven't  the  blanks  write  to 
C.  S.  Simmons,  local  chairman,  Keating  Summit, 
Pa.,  for  blanks  and  any  other  information  you 
may  want. 

Bro.  H.  R.  Brown  was  o£F  three  days  on  account 
of  sickness  in  his  family,  relieved  by  J.  V.  Slavin, 

Brothers,  send  a  few  notes  from  the  north  end 
or  from  any  place  to  the  local  chairmatt  before  the 
22d  of  the  month.  Every  little  bit  will  help  to 
have  a  better  write-up  for  this  divisio.i. 

CBRi.   2003. 

Sunbury  Division-^ 

It  is  time  to  pay  dues  again.  Let  us  all  be  prompt 
and  thus  help  ourselves  as  well  as  the  organiza- 
tion. I  have  tried  to  let  the  membership  know 
all  that  I  know.  I  understand  our  case  is  pending 
with  the  industrial  commission,  and  it  will  probably 
soon  be  handling  it.  The  outcome  of  the  situa- 
tion on  the  Pennsylvania  Railroad  means  a  future 
living  wage,  better  treatment,  etc.  Taking  away 
the  passes  through  the  new  law  means  an  outlay 
for  local  trips — another  additional  expense — and 
unless  you  help  to  keep  up  the  organization  you 
might  get  back  to  the  days  when  you  had  to  ask 
permission  to  go  out  of  town  for  a  few  hours;  so 
get  busy  and  remit  your  dues  promptly  to  Bro. 
G.  E.  Nightingale,  ^^ewfield,  N.  J. 

Bro.  Walter  Robinholt  was  off  a  few  days  on 
account  of  sickness. 

Quite  a  little  excitement  was  stirred  up  over  the 
report  that  the  relief  money  was  to  be  reftinded. 

I  wish  to  thank  all  who  have  rendered  me  their 
support  during  the  past  year,  and  wish  to  say  that 
I  will  stick  if  I  am  the  only  one  left  on  the  road. 
I  carried  a  card  when  there  were  only  four  on 
the  road  and  can  still  carry  it,  regardless  of  what 
the  outcome  is.  Cert.  11. 

Trenton  Division,  North  End — 

Wilburtha  second  was  bid  in  by  Bro.  Harry 
Black;  Niece  third  by  Bro.  H.  C.  Wilson.  "CA" 
third  is  now  open  for  bids. 

Assistant  Division  Operator  W.  H.  Wxlmot's 
office  was  moved  from  Trenton  to  Camden,  N.  J., 
his  former  office  having  been  made  into  an  up-to- 
date  telephone  exchange.  While  correspondence 
and  telegrams  are  being  signed  by  Division  Oper- 
ator G.  A.  Cross,  Mr.  Wilmot  has  his  say,  same  as 

Lambersmith  "FH"  office  is  abolished  as  a  train- 
order  office;  business  moved  from  up  stairs  down, 
with  Mr.  C.  Adams,  agent-operator,  in  charge.  See 
that  he  holds  an  up-to-date. 

William  Wilmot,  Jr.,  received  "RN"  first;  Mr. 
Kays,  "FJ"  second,  and  Mr.  Yclland  went  to 
Hudson  yard.  It  is  said  that  the  latter  has  the 
case  on  appeal  per  rule  No.  5,  regulations  govern- 
ing telegraph  operators. 

Belvidere  and  "NE"  offices  are  now  open  daily. 

It  is  now  Bro.  Chas.  Hendricks  at  "MO,"  and 
three  others  also  below  Lambertville  are  now  in 
line.     There's  a  reason. 

Although  the  day  was  stormy  when  the  joint 
brotherhood  meeting  was  held  in  Trenton,  N.  J., 
there  were  over  two  hundred  present.  Bro.  Siman- 
ton,  Bro.  Aughenbaugh  and  others  were  present 
from  this  end. 

We  trust  that  the  report  in  regard  to  a  certain 
operator  along  the  division  having  a  student  is 
untrue.  Student  teaching  should  be  a  thing  of 
the  past. 

Newspapers  in  Trenton  say  that  the  Pennsylvania 
Railroad  is  to  abolish  telegraphy. 

Before  many  moons  two  tracks  instead  of  one 
will  pass  your  offices,  increasing  your  work.  Labor 
is  worthy  of  its  hire. 

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The  Railroad  Telegrapher. 

We  would  thank  Bro.  Daniel  Smith  for  a  few 
inklings  of  what  is  taking  place  north  of  **PG.'* 

Another  milestone  has  passed.  A  happy  New 
Year,  brothers.  See  how  many  nons  you  can 
get  during   1914. 

We  hope  Bro.  Harry  Black,  while  in  the  "roam- 
ing field,"  will  line  them  up  at  "WB." 

In  1908  this  division  was  95  per  cent  solid  O. 
R.  T.  The  first  thing  you  were  asked  then  was 
to  show  your  card,  and  it  will  be  the  same  way  by 
the  time  1914  goes  by. 

Don*t  forget  to  pay  your  dues  for  the  coming 
six  months.  Remit  the  money  to  Bro.  Nightingale, 
Newfield,  N.  J.,  and  the  M.  B.  D.  part  to  Bro. 
Quick,  -secretary  and  treasurer,  St.  Louis,  Mo. 
Send  money  order  in  each  instance. 

Bro.  George  Wharton,  besides  doing  relief  duty, 
is  teaching  the  right  "dope."  Keep  up  the  good 
work,  brother. 

Brothers,  "bury  the  hatchet"  and  act  like  men 
by  making  your  brotherhood  all  it  stands  for. 

Brothers  in  Pennsylvania  received  notice  that 
commencing  January  1st  free  transportation  for 
their  families  would  be  discontinued  including 
points  within  the  State. 

The  November  journal  stated,  "A  circular  was 
sent  over  the  road  regarding  an  increase  in  wages.** 
This  was  a  typographical  errpr.  It  was  a  petition, 
but  no  increase  was  received.  Bro.  Salters  must 
have  been  misinformed  in  regard  to  the  raise  the 
first  of  the  year. 

If  millionaires  are  kicking  about  the  high  cost 
of  living,  is  there  any  reason  why  an  operator 
should  not  on  $60.95  or  $57.70?  No  danger  of 
the  income  tax  affecting  us  at  those  figures. 

Walter  Maitland,  formerly  a  member  of  the 
safety  committee,  has  been  put  back  to  telegraph 
work.  How  about  a  card  for  a  New  Year's  gift? 
You  know  where  they  can  be  secured.  If  not,  ask 
Bro.  Austin  t>r  some  brother  on  the  lower  end. 

Signalmen  are  still  carried  for  the  Pennsylvania 
on  the  north  end.  Petitions  are  worthless  unless 
backed  up  by  a  solid  membership. 

Brothers,  take  a  few  minutes  of  your  time  to 
send  tfie  correspondent  some  items.  They  will  be 

It  will  take  only  one  more  in  many  of  the 
offices  to  make  them  solid.  It  is  unnecessary  to 
name  them. 

Your  correspondent  wishes  to  convey  to  the 
brothers  and  fellow  telegraphers  a  happy  New 
Year.  Div.  Cor. 

Trenton  Dhnsion,  Lower  End — 

It  is  noted  with  great  interest  that  the  boys  are 
putting  "No  card,  no  favors"  into  effect,  no  mat- 
ter what  department  a  person  is  in.  That  is  the 
way  to  make  *em  all  feel  that  it  is  worth  while  to 
have  an   up-to-date  card. 

New  members  are  coming  in  so  rapidly  that  we 
sometimes  wonder  where  they  are  all  coming  from. 
Keep  up  the  good  work,  brothers,  and  we  will  soon 
be  solid. 

The  holding  of  the  "joint  brotherhood  meetings'* 
is  having  a  good  effect  all  along  the  line.  It  is 
a  far-reaching  master  stroke  that  will  eventually 
mean  a  schedule.  I^t  us  do  our  best  to  line  up 
all  the  nons  by  January   1,   1915. 

The  morning  and  evening  meetings  held  in  Goff 
Building,  Camden,  December  17th,  were  a  success 
and  well  attended.  One  new  member  joined  at 
the  morning  session.  The  meetings  were  ad- 
dressed by  Bros.  Miller,  Weinrich,  Rex  and 
Button,  and  their  addresses  were  thoroughly  en- 
joyed. The  prospects  of  a  schedule  never  looked 
as  bright  as  now.  Get  every  non  to  join,  and  the 
good  old  O.  R.  T.  will  do  the  rest.  All  it  needs 
is  our  undivided  support. 

"BJ"  Mt.  Holly  second  is  becoming  quite  a 
student  factory.  The  man  there  has  always  said 
he  was  going  to  join,  and  you  see  how  he  is 

N.  S.  Haines,  second  "BU**  Burlington,  has  had 
a  bad  set-back  with  his  ankle.  We  hope  for  his 
speedy  recovery. 

Howell  Smith  bid  in  first  "MJ"  East  Burling- 
ton; Frank  Hedrick,  third  "BU"  Burlington,  and 
Joe  Slinner,  first  "FG"  Trenton  extra. 

The  concerts  that  Bros.  Reeves  and  Steinmann, 
Edgewater  Park,  give  us  on  the  telephone  Sundays 
beat  all  the  pipe  organ  and  brass  bands  you  could 
put  against  them,  and  it  doesn't  cost  us  anything 
to  enjoy  them. 

Trenton  branch  is  nearly  solid. 

Bro.  Chas.  Kirchner,  second  Rivcrton,  has  gone 
South.     We  wish  him  success. 

It  is  now  Bro.  Villinger  at  "UN"  Labor  street, 

One  of  the  "GS"  men  has  been  taken  from  the 
committee  and  put  back  telegraphing.  He  was 
formerly  a  brother  and  local  chairman  of  this 
division.  Div.   Cos.,  Cert.  666. 

IV.  J.  &  S.  Dhision— 

On  Wednesday,  December  17th,  we  had  two 
very  interesting  meetings — one  in  the  morning, 
the  other  at  night — with  a  pretty  fair  attendance. 
Boys,  you  should  ^11  try  to  get  out  now  to  the 
meetings  and  find  out  first-handed  what  is  being 

We  had  several  brothers  from  the  P.  T.  Division 
of  the  right  kind  of  stuff — fair  enough  %o  acknowl- 
edge that  they  got  "stung,'*  and  are  now  with  us 
heart  and  soul. 

On  the  New  York,  Baltimore,  Central  and 
Schuylkill  Divisions,  and  in  fact  all  over  the 
whole  system,  the  boys  are  beginning  to  realize 
that  they  must  come  in  with  us  to  protect  their 
own  interests. 

We  added  a  few  more  members  in  December, 
and  if  all  come  over  in  January  who  have  prom- 
ised we  will  make  a  very  good  showing  on  this 

Keep  after  the  men  you  are  working  with  and 
get  them  to  thoroughly  understand  that  the  only 
way  to  get  what  is  due  us  is  to  carry  an  up-to-date 
card.  We  hope  Bro.  Hitchner  can  line  up  those 
fellows  at  Pitman  after  January  Ist. 

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Every  man  should  come  out  to  the  meetings  and 
bring  all  the  nons  they  can  along.  We  can  then 
show  them  that  we  are  trying  to  benefit  all  con- 
cerned, and  they  may  then  realize  what  we  are 
doing  for  them  and  do  the  right  thing. 

The  alliance  with  the  other  four  brotherhoods  is 
another  incentive  for  those  not  in  the  fold  to  come 
over  and  get  a  card. 

It  certainly  was  encouraging  to  have  some  of 
the  gray-haired  veterans  give  us  the  benefit  of 
their  own  experience  at  the  meetings  and  show  us 
that  the  way  to  get  what  belongs  to  us  is  to  join 
the  Order  and  back  up  our  oflficials.  It  was  cer- 
tainly inspiring  to  hear  them  and  know  that  they 
will  now  turn  on  all  their  -energy  and  help  to  make 
up  for  lost  time.  This  getting  together  means 
success,  and  we  will  soon  see  the  results. 

Oar  delinquent  list  is  the  smallest  we  ever  had, 
only  two  or  three  not  yet  paid  up,  and  our  pros- 
pects for  new  members  early  in  the  year  is  fine. 

The  industrial  commission  will  no  doubt  soon 
have  the  hearings  in  our  case  well  under  way,  and 
it  is  now  absolutely  necessary  that  we  back  it  up 
»ith  a  solid  membership.  Get  after  those  who 
have  promised  to  come  in,  and  we  will  surely  win 
and  get  what  we  are  entitled  to. 

The  vacation  season  is  over  now,  and  all  have 
settled  down  to  business. 

C.  H.  Vaughn,  extra  agent,  relieved  the  agent 
at  Woodstown  for  his  vacation  and  found  some 
work  there.  ' 

Agent  McDougall,  off  sick  for  some  time,  was 
relieved  by  Extra  Agent  Marks. 

Bro.  Mendenhall  recently  accepted  South  Vine- 
land  agency.  The  former  agent  there  was  not  a 

It  is  now  Bro.  Evans  at  Pitman,  and  Bro.  Nor- 
cros»  at  Vineland.     We  heartily  welcome  them. 

A  telegrapher  on  the  Camden  Terminal  Divi- 
sion recently  served  time  for  allowing  his  lever- 
man  to  answer  the  telephone.  Brothers,  answer 
the  phone  yourselves;  it  may  save  you  suspension. 
Mr.  Sutton  has  returned  from  his  furlough, 
and  is  now  at  "PR." 

Campbell,  of  the  Canada  Terminal  Division,  is 
in  Broad  street,  posting  for  a  job  there. 

Bro.  Geo.  E.  Nightingale,  our  general  secretary 
and  treasurer,  has  been  in  bed  for  over  a  week 
with  a  bad  case  of  rheumatism.  We  know  the 
brothers  will  bear  with  him  until  he  is  able  to  get 
out  again.     W.  W.  Carr  is  relieving  him. 

A  misundersunding  in  dates  caused  Bro.  Miller 
to  mi»  the  morning  meeting  and  he  also  missed 
the  night  meeting. 

Joe  Corsiglia  bid  in  second  Clayton,  bringing 
him  right  home  where  he  started  many  years  ago. 
Don't  fail  to  remind  him  of  his  promise  to  join 
in  January. 

Bro.  I).  R.  Lee,  of  Berlin,  spent  December 
South  with  his  folks. 

Bro.  W.  P.  Delaney  is  laid  up  with  a  bad  case 
of  blood  poison  in  his  hand,  and  is  unable  to  work. 

Div.  Coa. 

New  York,  Chicago  &  St.  Louis  R.  R. 

Cleveland  Division — 

The  November  meeting  at  Bellevue  was  well 
attended  and  was  quite  a  lively  one.  Among 
other  subjects  that  came  up  was  the  matter  of 
train  registers,  that  is,  how  the  conductors  should 
register  their  signals  at  different  (Voints  along  the 
line.  New  instructions  have  been  issued  upon 
this  subject  on  the  Fort  Wayne  Division,  which 
it  would  be  well  for  the  brothers  to  familiarixe 
themselves  with,  as  they  can  often  discover  errors 
in  train  registering  and  possibly  save  the  company 
the  expense  of  an  accident,  to  say  nothing  of  possi- 
bly saving  the  limbs  or  the  lives  of  the  train  and 
enginemen.  I  heard  of  an  accident  happening  re- 
cently on  a  western  road,  near  Salida,  Colo.  (I 
think),  at  a  division  point,  where  the  passenger 
train  carried  signals  into  this  terminal  but  had 
no  signals  out  of  the  place.  When  the  operator 
at  the  depot  transmitted  it  to  the  yard  office  it 
seems  that  he  said,  "the  train  bad  no  signals  in 
and  out."  A  freight  train  pulled  out  against  the 
second  section  of  the  passenger  train,  which  re- 
sulted in  one  of  the  worst  accidents  that  the 
company  ever  had,  killing  a  large  number  of 
passengers.  Be  careful,  boys.  Remember  it  is 
always  the  unexpected  that  happens  on  a  railroad, 
and  in  helping  the  company  you  advance  your  own 

I  heard  the  operator  in  the  superintendent's 
office  of  the  Cleveland  Division  recently  call  a 
non-agent-operator  about  thirty  minutes  in  orJer 
to  get  a  message  to  a  train  that  should  have  been 
at  his  station.  When  he  got  him  the  train  had 
gone.  I  am  glad  he  was  not  a  member  of  the 
Order.  All  the  business  going  to  this  very  busy 
office  was  held  up  for  thirty  minutes  while  the 
operator  in  the  superintendent's  office  was  calling 
this  non  to  find  out  about  the  train. 

Brothers,  when  you  hear  your  call,  answer  it. 
Remember  that  to  be  prompt  gives  a  chance  for 
the  wire  to  be  used  to  its  capacity  at  the  same 
time  giving  your  brother-operator  a  chance  to  clear 
up,  and  promotes  a  good  feeling  all  around.  Have 
in  mind  all  the  time  that  it  means  something  to 
belong  to  the  O.  R.  T.,  that  it  stands  for  good 
service,  which  incidentally  means  more  respect 
for  our  Order. 

Pay  up  your  dues  quick.  If  we  all  do  this  at 
once  it  will   likely  save  some  assessments. 

W.  A.  Stover,  Bellevue  Yard, 
Cert.  142. 

Buffalo  Division — 

E.  W.  Hull,  former  clerk  at  Westfield,  has  been 
appointed  agent  at  Brocton  and  given  a  clerk  and 
operator,  which  was  bid  in  by  John  Wanda,  for- 
merly  messenger  at  Conneaut. 

Ripley  telegraph  position  temporarily  closed,  the 
agent  handling  his  own  messages.  One  trick  at 
Erie  passenger  station  also  discontinued,  the  office 
being  closed  for  six  hours  a  day. 

Business  has  been  very  heavy  lately,  as  high  as 
twenty-four  east-bound  through  freights  a  day 
passing  over  this  division.     If  the  advertised  de- 

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Plate  is  extremely  fortunate  in  securing  business. 

Bro.  "Shorty"  Norber  bid  in  third  at  his  favorite 
city,  North  East.  Bro.  Morris,  of  North  East,  has 
returned  from  a  trip  to  New  Orleans.  Being  a 
real  old  Southerner,  he  was  very  much  pleased 
with  his  sojourn  in  the  Panama  Gateway. 

Bro.  B.  P.  Cobb,  relief  agent,  relieved  Bro.  G. 
B.  Seeley,  of  Angola,  while  he  was  at  Buffalo  on 
jury  duty. 

Bro.  R.  J.  Halliday  relieved  Bro.  Misincr  on 
second  Angola  a  few  days. 

Sister  Edna  Chapman,  of  Moorhead,  and  Bro. 
A.  J.  Cobb,  of  Harbor  Creek,  have  closed  a  large 
grape  season,  and  are  back  on  usual  business  again. 

Bro.  R.  O.  Waddcll  is  back  at  "MX"  Conneaut 
from  his  old  home  in  Pittsburg,  where  he  was 
called  by  an  accident  to  his  mother,  who  is  again 
in  usual  health.  His  wife,  however,  has  not 
yet  returned  and  "Wad"  is  running  a  bachelor's 
hall.  He  would  be  delighted  if  some  of  the  boys 
would  ask  him  out  for  a  feed  while  the  rabbit 
season  is  open. 

Bro.  A.  B.  Jackman,  of  Lakeview,  has  severed 
his  railroad  connections,  and  has  gone  into  the 
grocery  business  at  Buffalo. 

Owing  to  negligence  on  the  part  of  the  members 
of  this  division,  we  have,  for  several  months  past, 
received  very  little  publicity  in  our  journal,  and 
I  would  ask  that  each  member  co-operate  with  me 
in  securing  news  for  our  monthly  publication.  Get 
busy  and  let  the  other  fellow  know  that  we  are 
on  the  job.  All  communications  must  be  in  my 
hands  not  later  than  the  16th  of  each  month. 

Div.  Coa. 

New  York,  Ontario  &  Western  R.  R. 

Southern  Division — 

To  answer  the  many  inquiries  regarding  seni- 
ority rights  and  that  it  will  be  better  understood: 
You  will  note  a  great  many  are  shown  upon  our 
lineal  list  that  are  not  qualified  as  operators.  It 
was  intended  thai  a  star  be  printed  before  their 
names,  indicating  "not  qualified  as  an  operator," 
but  through  an  error  of  the  printers  it  was  omitted. 
Therefore,  only  those  qualified  by  taking  the  wire 
test  and  medical  examination  are  entitled  to  bid 
upon  the  telegraphic  positions  and  hold  no  rights 
as  such  until  such  qualifications  are  recorded  in 
the  superintendent's  office. 

This  I  thought  well  to  mention,  as  in  the  future 
it  may  avoid  disappointment  of  one  that  may  bid 
on  a  position,  not  being  qualified,  are  under  the 
impression  their  rights  are  holding  for  such  posi- 
tions, as  shown  in  the  lineal  list.  The  next  revised 
list  will  indicate  who  are  not  qualified,  and  for  the 
present  if  any  desire  this  information,  by  sending 
their  list  to  me  I  will  mark  those  on  tfic  Southern 

Notices  will  soon  be  out  for  the  next  semi-annual 
payment  of  dues,  also  the  insurance  in  the  M.  B. 
D.  Let  me  again  urge  upon  you,  please  do  not 
neglect  them  beyond  the  limit,  February  28th. 
Bear  in  mind  that  being  delinquent  in  either  for- 
feits your  membership  in  both,  therefore,  to  be  on 
the  Sife  sidCf  pay  your  dues  promptly.     It  19  the 

best  investment  you  can  make.  The  committee, 
you  must  admit,  can  not  work  with  the  same  en- 
ergy for  the  nons  that  they  do  for  the  members. 
"In  union  there  is  strength."  Do  not  get  delin- 
quent. It  makes  a  lot  of  unnecessary  work  for 
your  secretary  and  local  chairman.  I  appeal  for 
your  co-operation. 

The  prospects  are  now  gopd  for  a  five  per  cent 
advance  in  freight  rates  next  March.  That  means 
better  times  for  the  railroads  and  more  encourage- 
ment for  the  employes. 

Our  wage  schedule  is  something  for  Division  20 
to  rejoice  over,  comparing  with  the  other  roads 
and  considering  the  time  we  have  been  organized. 
So  get  after  the  nons  and  make  the  O.  AW.  100 
per  cent. 

The  two-day-a-month  law  is  being  tried  in  the 
courts,  the  matter  is  in  the  hands  of  district  attor- 
neys of  different  counties.  Bro.  Pierson  will  see 
that  we  are  given  a  square  deal,  and  I  trust  we 
will  soon  be  enjoying  its  benefit. 

How  about  a  Ladies'  Auxiliary  for  Division  20. 
Don't  you  think  we  should  get  one  organized? 
Would  like  to  hear  from  the  members  and  local 
chairmen  as  to  their   ideas. 

C.  L.  Cook,  Local  Chairman. 

Bro.  R.  B.  Wright  is  now  on  his  new  position, 
second  Walton;  Bro.  Carswell,  second  Meadow- 
brook;  Bro.  Barnes,  second  Roscoe;  Bro.  Schadd, 
third  Northfield,  and  Terwilliger,  first  Fallsburgh. 

Bro.  F.  A.  Wood  spent  a  week  before  Christmas 
with  his  parents  at  Munnsville,  relieved  by  Bro. 
B.  F.  Maybee,  second  Apex,  and  he  by  an  extra. 

Uro.  Mulley  was  around  posting  on  the  towers 
in  December,  Bro.  Carswell  having  landed  a  steady 

Bros.  Kerwin  and  de  Graw,  of  Wheeler's  tower, 
are  working  each  other's  tricks  temporarily.  Fish 
and  de  Graw,  first  and  second  at  same  place,  cele- 
brated the  fifth  anniversary  of  the  installation  of 
the  electro  pneumatic  plant  at  that  tower,  Decem- 
ber 20th,  also  the  fifth  anniversary  of  their  en- 
trance upon  their  present  positions. 

We  hope  you  all  had  a  merry  Christmas,  as  we 
ourselves  did,  and  that  we  all  shall  have  a  pros- 
perous and  happy  New  Year. 

Now  once  more  I  want  to  say  that  if  you  want 
to  see  any  news  from  this  division  it  is  up  to 
you  fellows  to  send  in  your  news  items  before  the 
twenty-second  of  the  month,  so  I  can  get  them 
together  and  mail  them  by  the  twenty-fifth. 

Div.  Com. 

Cincinnati,  Hamilton  &  Dayton  By, 

Second  District  South — 

This  district  is  gradually  but  surely  growing 
in  strength,  as  the  few  who  have  not  carried 
an  up-to-date  card  are  coming  in  and  landing  a 
helping  hand.  Solid  organization  is  our  aim,  and 
in  due  time  wc  will  be  one  of  the  strongest  divi- 
sions in  this  section  of  the  country,  and  the  few 
dollars  spent  in  obtaining  a  card,  and  keeping  in 
line,  will  prove  a  good  investment.  The  time  is 
very    fast   approaching   when    the    telegraphers    of 

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the  country  will  be  recognized  as  one  of  the  most 
important  links  in  the  chain  of  railway  progress, 
and  when  that  time  arrives  the  telegraph  operators 
can  hold  their  heads  up  and  look  any  man  in  the 
face,  knowing  that  the  return  glance  will  not  be 
one  of  acorn  or  pity.  It's  coming  to  us,  it's  our 
just  due,  and  we  expect  to  see  the  time  when  the 
operatotB  of  this  grand  old  U.  S.  A.  will  be  on 
a  par  with  the  other  leading  railway  organizations, 
especially  in  respect  to  wages  received  and  con- 
cessions granted.  But  there  is  but  one  way  to 
realize  these  predictions  and  hopes,  and  that  is 
for  everyone  to  lend  a  hand  and  make  the  Order 
of  Railroad  Telegraphers  second  to  none.  We 
have  the  ability,  our  services  are  required,  and 
now  all  that  remains  to  make  our  influence  felt 
is  numbers,  and  the  present  outlook  in  that  direc- 
tion is  very  bright 

The  November  bulletin  issued  by  our  newly 
appointed  division  operator,  W.  H.  Brant,  has 
created  considerable  comment,  but  would  suggest 
that  each  brother  read  it  carefully,  word  for  word, 
note  the  suggestions  which  may  appeal  to  you  per- 
sonally for  betterment,  and  act  accordingly. 

It  is  now  Bro.  B.  F.  Ward.  Tipp  City  second 
trick,  and  he  can  now  join  us  in  our  bear  dances 
or  do  anything  that  any  other  brother  is  allowed 
to  do.     We  are  all  glad  to  have  him  with  us. 

On  the  evening  of  November  28th  Robert  Dunn, 
64  years  old,  crossing  watchman  at  St.  Johns  street, 
was  struck  and  killed  by  some  train,  supposed  to 
be  No.  96,  going  into  the  yards  at  ^bout  5:30 
p.  m.  "Uncle  Bob,"  as  he  was  known  by  every 
employe  on  the  division,  left  his  flag  shanty  at 
about  that  time  for  Eureka  street,  where  it  was 
his  duty  to  put  up  a  switch  lamp,  and  when  within 
a  block  of  his  own  shanty  and  about  fifty  feet 
north  of  Kibby  street,  either  the  engine  pilot  beam 
or  something  projecting  from  engine  or  car  struck 
him,  and  when  found  by  passers-by  he  was  dead. 
He  had  been  employed  by  the  C.  H.  &  D.  for 
about  fifteen  years  as  watchman,  was  a  faithful 
employe,  well  liked  by  everyone,  and  the  news  of 
his  mitimely  death  was  sadly  received  by  his  many 
friends  and  acquaintances. 

The  new  law  in  Ohio  forcing  railway  companies 
to  pay  their  employes  semi-monthly  has  for  some 
reason  been  violated,  and  as  a  result  operators 
at  Lima  depot,  "AK"  tower  and  "BU"  cabin  were 
short  their  pay  checks  for  the  first  half  of  Novem- 
ber up  to  December  3d. 

Considering  the  fact  that  we  are  required  to 
pass  a  634-question  examination;  that  we  are  about 
to  be  initiated  into  the  mysteries  of  the  manual 
block  system;  that  each  day  brings  forth  its  bul- 
letins, together  wfth  examination  books  and  cars, 
and  the  double  telephone  and  telegraph  systems, 
we  are  surprised  that  we  haven't  beoome  a  bunch 
of  raving  maniacs  instead  of  level-headed  oper- 
ators. Keep  your  nerve,  boys.  They  say  a  fellow 
can  leam  to  like  "almost"  anything. 

During  examinations  on  the  caj"  several  amusing 
things  took  place.  The  different^  interpretations 
of  rules  were  quite  unexpected,  but  in  many  in- 
stances were  excusable  inasmuch  as  most  of  the 
employes  had  never  worked  utider  a  manual  block 

system  and  several  had  not  yet  seen  the  new  rule 
book.  But  with  Examiner  Coates  on  hand  to 
explain  those  points  not  clear  to  the  boys,  all  got 
by  with  credit,  and  a  second  examination  would 
be  a  snap.  Under  the  new  ruling  it's  "one  train 
at  a  time  and  that  handled  well,"  and  there  will 
be  no  trouble,  but  it's  good  policy  to  not  try  to 
put  two  trains  where  but  one  ought  to  be.  The 
block  works  very  well — if  you  do  not  have  to 
account  for  delajrs. 

The  attendance  at  the  examination  car,  where 
mostly  second  and  third-trick  men  held  forth, 
proves  without  any  doubt  that  Lima  could  muster 
a  goodly  attendance  for  an  O.  R.  T.  meeting,  and 
I  would  suggest  that  as  soon  as  our  general  chair- 
man returns  from  the  East  that  we  give  this  a 
trial.  Such  gatherings  are  the  organizers  of  friend- 
ship and  acquaintance  that  otherwise  would  not 
be  brought  about  for  years.  Personal  encounter 
is  always  more  productive  of  such  things  than  the 
long-distance  gab  that,  without  these  meetings,  is 
our  only  mode  of  acquaintance.  Of  course,  should 
there  be  a  meeting  at  Lima,  someone  would  have 
to  chaperone  Bro.  Nichols,  of  Cridersville,  for  he 
got  lost  and  missed  the  examination  car  entirely, 
and  when  found  was  wandering  around  a  moto- 
cyole  shop  trying  to  find  out  who  it  was  that  put 
"gas"  in  gasoline. 

Two  tricks  at  Anna,  Ottawa  first  and  Leipsic 
Jet.,  on  north  end,  are  on  bulletin. 

It  is  now  time  for  the  payment  of  dues  for  the 
term  January  to  June,  inclusive,  and  I  hope  the 
boys  on  Division  ^1  will  be  right  in  line  and 
secure  their  cards  «arly  and  get  after  the  non- 
members  and  see  that  they  get  in  the  wagon  and 
help  make  music.  Their  non-membership  not  only 
hurts  those  who  are  striving  to  better  conditions, 
but  the  greatest  injury  is  to  themselves.  "Safety 
first"  applies  to  more  things  than  the  B.  &  O.  and 
C.  H.  &  D.  Railways.  If  a  boat  were  to  sink 
with  yourself  on  board,  a  life  preserver  would  be 
your  most  urgent  need,  and  if  the  operators  of 
the  country  would  realize  that  an  up-to-date  card 
was  a  "real  life  preserver"  for  the  operators,  that 
card  would  be  your  first  thoQght.  Dues,  including 
$1.00  to  M.  B.  D,,  January  1st  to  June  30th, 
inclusive,  $9.50.  Blanks  are  all  ready  to  mail. 
Let's  have  your  requests. 

Mr.  Jones  is  the  new  man  on  Anna  third,  ami 
Mr.  Bush  is  the  new  man  on  Sidney  first,  reliev- 
ing Bro.  Shine,  who  is  in  a  Columbus  hospital. 
Bro.  Shine  has  been  having  his  troubles  for  the 
past  year  or  more,  and  every  brother  sincerely 
hopes  for  his  quick  and  permanent  recovery.  Se- 
cure his  hospital  address,  brothers,  and  drop  him 
a  line.  Cheering  words  are  appreciated  by  any- 
one confined  in  a  hospital  ward,  and  the  brother 
would  be  pleased  to  receive  a  note  from  any 
of  the  brothers. 

Let's  have  a  little  help,  brothers,  on  these  notes. 
Every  little  helps.  Cert.  207. 

Springfield  Division — 

Bro.  J.  V.  Cunynins,  second  Moorefield,  off  two 
weeks  hunting,   was  relieved  by   Mr.   Drake. 

We  hope  to  call  Operator  Clark,  first  Moore- 
field, "Bro."  in  the  near  future, 

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Business  seems  to  be  picking  up  on  the  Spring- 
field and  Indianapolis  Divisions  now»  as  they  are 
running  55  and  65-car  trains  out  of  Moorefield. 
Seems  like  the  400  class  battlers  will  be  running 
to  Montezuma  in  the  near  future.  Someone  made 
this  noise. 

Bro.  Seng,  second  Montezuma*  is  having  quite 
a  time  motor  boating  and  hunting. 

It  is  rumored  that  the  manual  block  will  be  put 
on  between  Indianapolis  and  State  Line  shortly. 
This  will  give  us  more  offices. 

The  schedule  is  being  delayed  on  account  ,of 
the  officials  refusing  to  give  us  an  increase. 

Bro.  Grimes  was  relieved  on  second  Tuscola, 
while  off  hunting,  by  Mr.  Perkins,  who  bumped 
Mr,  Vickory,  third  Hume  Third  Shops  cut  out; 
Bro.  Hornbeck  bumps  first  trick  man  at  Decatur. 
Mr.  Aikman  is  back  on  second  Hume. 

VV.  E.  Gosscrt,  car  man,  spent  Christmas  with 
his   folks  at   Decatur,   relieved  by  V.   R.  Thomas. 

tiro.  M.  E.  Oxley,  first  Montezuma,  is  attending 
school  at  Valparaiso,  Ind.,  taking  a  scientific  and 
classical  course,  and  will  later  take  up  the  study 
of  law.     We  wish  him  success. 

VVc  were  very  sorry  to  learn  of  the  death  of 
Bro.  D.  E.  Greene's  brother  at  La  Place.  Bro. 
Greene  has  the  sympathy  of  the  entire  division. 

Best  wishes  for  a  happy  and  prosperous  New 
Year.  "B." 

Chicago,  Milwaukee  &  8t.  Paul  Ry. 

Coast  Division — 

A  very  successful  meeting  was  held  in  Labor 
Temple,  Seattle,  presided  over  by  General  Chair- 
man Bro.  Soyster.  We  were  favored  with  speeches 
from  President  Bro.  Perham  and  Bro.  Alexander, 
from  the  Southern,  who  covered  the  hard  struggle 
on  that  road  for  schedule  and  final  results.  He 
was  in  turn  followed  by  General  Chairman  Rob- 
ertson, of  the  C.  P.  R.,  representing  our  Cana- 
dian brothers,  who  are  governed  by  such  an  envi- 
able schedule.  Bro.  Miller,  general  chairman  of 
the  Pennsylvania,*  was  next.  In  introducing  the 
speaker  Bro.  Soyster  described  him  as  an  "orator 
of  exceptional  eloquence  and  the  man  who  brought 
the  1913  convention  to  Baltimore  when  it  had  been 
lined  up  for  Seattle."  Bro.  Miller  certainly  came 
up  to  all  that  was  said  of  him,  and  more,  and, 
although  he  is  working  against  big  odds,  we  feel 
certain  be  will  be  successful  in  bettering  their 
conditions  in  the  near  future. 

The  meeting  was  attended  in  part  by  Mr.  Robin- 
son, Bros.  Owens  and  Olson,  Seattle;  Bros.  Church, 
Martin,  Leamy,  Teary  and  Wooten  from  the  main 
line;  Bros.  Lang,  Grummell  and  Nisonger,  Ta- 
coma;  Bros.  Stewart,  Barrett,  Boylan,  Clover  and 
several  others  from  the  Tacoma  line,  and  some 
old-timers,  since  retired. 

R.  F.  Rader,  the  boy  at  "TC"  who  handles  the 
"37"  sheet  and  makes  a  fuss  when  she's  not  on 
time,  was  relieved  on  vacation  by  Bro,  Lang.  The 
rumor  that  '*R"  became  entangled  in  the  matri- 
monial web  has  not  been  confirmed. 

M.  J.  O'Connor,  wire  chief  Tacoma,  while  work- 
ing a  trick  on  the  branches,  was  relieved  by  Bro. 

Nisonger,  and  he  by  Bro.  McAllister,  first  Bis- 

Bro.  Grummell,  wuiie  in  the  hospital  undergoing 
an  operation,  was  relieved  by  Bro.  Lang. 

Bro.  McAllister  has  returned  from  "TC"  to  Bis- 
marck. Bro.  Schmitz  from  the  W.  U.  at  Portland, 
whom  we  lined  up  at  "TC,"  has  "hiked"  for  the 

Bro.  Kidd,  agent  North  Puyallup,  on  a  trip  East, 
was  relieved  by  Bro.  Boylan. 

It's  now  Bro.  Wood,  agent  Kent,  on  a  trip 
South,  relieved  by  Bro.  Napier,  and  he  on  second 
by  Mr.  Sutton,  from  the  freight  office  at  Tacoma, 
who  also  relieved  Bro.  IL  J.  Johnson,  second 
North  Puyallup,  on  trip  home. 

Bro.  Barrett  bid  in  third  Auburn,  Bro.  Ciora 
going  to  National  Agency.  Bro.  Taylor  drew  sec- 
ond Cedar  Falls,  and  Bro.  Martin,  in  order  to  get 
with  his  old  friend  J.  Q.  Adams,  bid  in  third 

Bro.  H.  McKinnon,  *'S*'  Seattle,  bid  in  third 
Keechelus.  and  Bro.  "Y,"  of  "S,"<  bid  in  third 
Tacoma  Jet.  Bro.  Roselle,  who  was  also  caught 
by  the  cut  at  "S,"  took  six  months'  leave  and 
went  with  the  O.  W.  R.  &  N.  at  Aberdeen.  Bro. 
Switzer,  also  of  *'S,"  went  to  Maiden  relay  sev- 
eral- weeks  and  then  bumped  Mr.  Snyder,  second 
leverman  Black  River. 

Bro.  W.  A.  McKinnon,  who  bid  in  Monroe,  after 
sizing  up  the  clerical  work,  maintained  he  was 
"not  up  on*  that  stuff,"  and  took  three  months* 
leave,  going  with  the  Federal  Telegraph  at  Seattle. 

Bro.  Wells,  third  "JN,"  bid  in  Salsich  Jet 
agency,  Bro.  Merritt  returning  to  extra  list. 

Bro.  Farley  at  "FD"  first,  Bro.  McKay  laying 

Bro.  Cronk,  who  relieved  Agent  Kent  a  few 
days,  also  relieved  Bro.  "Scoop"  Kinnear,  on  a 
deer  hunt. 

Bro.  Chadderson,  of  Whittier,  spent  a  few  days 
in  Seattle,  relieved  by  Bro.  Cronk. 

Bro.  Willsey  at  Monroe  pending  bulletin,  Bro. 
Johnson  later  receiving  it  on  bid. 

Bro.  Fishburn  landed  third  "SJ,"  where  the  boys 
are  all  working  in  the  box-car  "abode,"  due  to 
the  recent  burning  of  the  station. 

Bro.  Pope,  Black  River  tower,  received  Keeche- 
lus agency,  Bro.  Snyder  going  to  "BI."  C.  H. 
Dahlke  received  this  on  bid,  but  could  not  be 

Bro,  Blume,  first  Cle  Elum,  off  a  few  days,  was 
relieved  by  Bro.  Lang,  recently  returned  from  a 
trip  East.  Bro.  Nash,  who  accompanied  him  as 
far  as  Ortonville,  is  still  at  his  home  in  Terre 

Bro.  Church,  while  partaking  of  Thanksgiving 
turkey  in   Seattle,  was  relieved  by  Bro.   Boylan. 

Mr.  Sutton,  pulled  off  at  Mineral,  went  on  ex- 
tra. Bro.  McEntee,  second  Kapowsin  (discontin- 
ued), went  to  Salsich  Jet.  extra. 

Bro.  Bingham,  Everett,  on  trip  East,  relieved 
by  Bro.  Snyder,  a  new  man  from  the  N.  P. 

Bro.  McEntee,  who  relieved  Bro.  Clover,  agent* 
Kapowsin,  a  few  days,  was  relieved  on  second  by 
Bro.  Boylan. 

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C.  Otto,  formerly  first  "SJ,"  who  attributes  his 
inability  to  carry  a  card  to  "poor  crops"  or  the 
•*gTcat  depre»ion  throughout  the  country,"  re- 
lieved Dispatcher's  Clerk  Phillips  and  later  bid  in 
third  "SJ." 

Third  Trick  Dispatcher  I*eter8on  has  returned 
from  his  trip  East.  All  the  boys  ^re  glad  to  see 
"Pete"  back  again. 

Bro.  Olson,  bumped  at  *'S**  Seattle,  returned  to 
his  regular  posttion,  Bro.  Eriand  going  to  Enum- 
claw  to  relieve  Bro.  Hogan  a  few  days. 

Bandera  closed,  Bro.  Willscy  going  to  Monroe 
extra,  Bro.  Cronk  taking  the  extra  list. 

Bro.  Larson,  afiFected  by  the  cut  at  Tacoma,  who 
bid  in  North  Puyallup,  is  on  three  months'  vaca- 
tion, tr>'ing  the  real  esUite  business.  We  all  wish 
him  success.  R.  F.  Rader,  his  relief,  was  later 
rdieved  by  Bro.  W.  H.  Lang. 

Bro.  Steiner,  from  Laconia,  bid  in  Duvall 

Bro.  Gordon,  agent  Cedar  Falls,  after  attend- 
ing car-breaking  case  at  Butte,  took  a  vacation 
to  California,  relieved  by  Bro.  O'Hern,  from 
freight  office  Tacoma. 

Bro.  Wooten  is  now  publishing  the  daily  at 
Cedar  Falls,  and  Bro.  Martin  the  daily  at  Laconia, 
the  Bugie  supplying  the  boys  on  the  hill  with 
some  classy  news.  The  latter  recently,  in  a  some- 
what lengthy  statement,  bemoans  the  loss  of  Mayor 
Steiner,  who  did  so  much  towards  bringing  pros- 
pective settlers  to  the  metropolis  and  left  recently 
for  Duvall. 

Bro.  Kelso,  first  Cedar  Falls,  claims  he  has  been 
offered  $50,000  for  his  mining  interests  in  Wash- 
ington, but  we  hail  from  Missouri. 

Bro.  and  Sister  Leamy,  Rockdale,  spent  Thanks- 
giving in  North  Bend,  relieved  by  Bros.  Eriand 
and  Lang,  who  on  departing  were  treated  to  a 
royal  spread  by  Mr.  Carew,  of  third  there.  He 
promises  to  start  the  year  right  by  purchasing  a 

Bro.  Church,  third  Keechelus,  is  anxiously  await- 
ing the  approach  of  summer,  when  he  can  make 
a  "wad"  escorting  the  tourists  around  Lake  Keech- 

In  preparation  for  big  game,  Bro.  Terry,  at 
Garcia,  has  adopted  a  wolf  hound. 

Bro.  Taylor,  second  Cedar  Falls,  attributes  the 
loss  of  several  pounds  to  "baching"  while  his  wife 
spent  a  month  in  California. 

Second  Trick  Dispatcher  Leahy  "CPS,"  was  re- 
lieved by  Mr.  Wallick  a  few  days.  Mr.  Wallick, 
formerly  chief  dispatcher  "CPS,"  has  been  in 
Alaska  gathering  nuggets  during  the  past  summer. 

Snow,  second  Argo  "CPS,"  was  relieved  by 
Lovejoy  a  few  days  on  account  of  illness. 

Bro.  Adams,  second  "lA,"  bid  in  first  Laconia, 
vice  G.  J.  Clayton,  there  pending  bulletin. 

Mr.  Owens,  second  Bismarck,  and  Sister  Clover, 
first  Kapowsin,  recently  pulled  off  on  account  of 
the  abolishment  of  log  runs,  makes  Salsich  Jet. 
the  only  night  office  on  the  T.  E.  Some  of  the 
snow  oflices  will  probably  be  opened  shortly,  which 
will  take  care  of  the  extra  men. 

Our  committee  called  on  the  officials  at  Chicago 
for  a   meeting   on    December   8th.     Stick  by   the 

committee,  and  if  it  comes  to  a  vote,  do  the  right 

During  the  time  Dispatcher  Allen  was  troubled 
with  a  severe  cold  we  were  treated  to  several 
nights*  work  on  ttie  good  old  Morse.  She  sounded 
good,  and  we  regret  that  we  can^t  have  more  of  it. 

O.  M,  Weister,  from  "GN,"  relieved  Bro.  Rey- 
nolds, agent  Keechelus,  who  was  called  to  Seattle. 

Mr.  Maddox,  new  man,  who  relieved  at  La- 
conia, Rockdale  ,  and  Keechelus,  later  went  on 
work  train,  but  was  bumped  by  Bro.  Cronk  on  his 
return  from  a  hunting  trip. 

Bro.  Reynolds,  former  agent  Keechelus,  re- 
cently reinstated,  bid  in  second  Laconia. 

If  the  boys  continue  to  show  the  interest  send- 
ing in  notes  that  they  have  recently  we  will  be 
able  to  have  a  good  write-up.  Send  them  in  by 
the  20th.  Ceit.   3024. 

Missoula  Division — 

On  special  election  held  in  November  for  local 
chairman,  Bro.  Geo.  L.  Dean,  Falcon,  Idaho,  was 
elected,  vice  Acting  Chairman  Bro.  E.  P.  Brink. 
We  all  wish  our  new  chairman  the  best  of  success, 
together  with  a  happy  and  prosperous  New  Year. 
I  feel  sure  that  Bro.  Dean  will  have  the  aid  of 
every  member  on  the  division.  Let  us  assist  him 
in  lining  up  the  nons  and  getting  the  division  on 
a  sound  and  firm  basis. 

The  following  appointments  have  been  made  by 
Local  Chairman  Dean:  Committee  to  act  for  the 
division,  Bros.  G.  L.  Dean,  W.  F.  Marshall, 
A.  G.  Smith,  R.  O.  Clark  and  Sister  Mrs.  C.  M. 
Van  Antwerp.  Let's  stand  by  this  committee  and 
push  with  the  energy  of  a  fiootball  team.  Corre- 
spondent for  the  division,  Bro.  W.  Harold  Glover, 
Falcon,  Idaho.  All  are  asked  to  assist  and  give 
him  all  the  news  possible  and  promptly  that  it  may 
reach  him  in  due  time  for  each  month's  write-up. 

Sister  Miss  Anna  O.  Stewart,  formerly  at  East 
Portal,  now  Mrs.  M.  L.  Kight,  and  husband,  spent 
their  honeymoon  in  Seattle.  We  wish  them  a 
happy  and  prosperous  life  in  their  new  home, 
where'er  it  may  be. 

Bro.  and  Sister  E.  P.  Brink,  visiting  at  his  home 
in  Deer  Lodge,  will  also  visit  in  Iowa  while  on 

Bro.  L.  V.  Maxwell,  of  Saltese,  visiting  at  St. 
Maries,  Idaho,  has  gone  to  his  mother's  ranch 
near  Portland,  Oregon,  for  sixty  days.  Bro. 
Mickey  Griswalc),  of  Saltese,  spent  the  holidays 
at  Clinton,  and  is  now  on  a  six  weeks'  visit  at  his 
old  boyhood  stamping  grounds  in  Wisconsin.  We 
understand  he  is  going  in  search  of  a  lassie  lie 
left  behind,  and  wish  him  many  happy  days  in 
his  little  white  cottage  by  the  wayside  in  Saltese. 

Sister  Mrs.  Barlow,  Clinton  third,  is  on  a 
three  months'  furlough.  Bro.  Ralph  Coon  bid 
the  trick  in,  and  Bro.  H.  H.  Brown,  just  rehired 
out,  relieved  him  at  Ravenna  nights. 

Miss  Bessie  Paine,  extra,  third  Bryson,  who 
has  been  visiting  in  Missoula  and  Seattle,  has 
gone  to  Brainerd,  Minn.,  to  spend  the  winter 
among  relatives  and  friends,  leaving  behind  many 
friends,  who  will  greatly  miss  her.     Bryson  closed. 

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Sister  Mrs.  Lillian  McCormick,  formerly  at 
Bryson,  is  on  a  three  months'  leave  to  her  home  in 

firo.  G.  B.  Aid  rich  and  wife  arc  visiting  in 
Seattle,  relieved  by  Bro.  W.  J.  Smith. 

Bro.  A.  F.  Wilkins,  of  Missoula,  at  East  Portal 
for  several  months,  is  now  on  an  extensive  vaca- 
tion. He  spent  Thanksgiving  with  his  people  in 
Missoula  and  later  visited  Butte. 

Sister  Mrs.  Dahlene,  St.  Regis  second,  on  four 
months'  furlough,  has  moved  to  her  new  home 

Sister  Mrs.  Dean,  East  Portal,  was  a  recent 
Missoula  visitor. 

'    Sister   Mrs.    Palarske,   of   St.    Regis,   is   on   six 
months'  vacation  on  her  ranch  near  that  town. 

Sister  Mrs.  C.  E.  Tyndal,  of  Drummond  second, 
on  vacation,  was  relieved  by  Bro.  W.  J.  Smith. 
It  is  now  Bro.  C.  E.  Tyndal  again.  We  are  glad 
to  have  him  back. 

Sister  Mrs.  C.  M.  Van  Antwerp,  agent  Falcon, 
Idaho,  has  returned  from  a  pleasure  trip  through 
the  eastern  and  northern  States  with  her  niece. 
Sister  Miss  Zelda  Trimble,  second  Falcon.  They 
were  in  Boston,  Albany,  N.  Y.,  points  in  Illinois 
and  Wisconsin,  also  Montreal  and  Niagara  Falls. 

Sister  Miss  Kate  Ray,  Superior  third,  spent  a 
few  days  recently  in  Seattle,  Tacoma,  etc. 

Sister  Miss  Eva  Kent,  Adair  first,  went  to 
Butte  recently  to  meet  her  sister,  Mrs.  May 

Bro.  W.  H.  Glover  spent  Thanksgiving  in  Mis- 
soula with  friends. 

Bros.  Clark,  of  Roland,  and  Skinner,  of  Adair, 
had  a  swell  trip  to  Saltese  lately. 

Bros.  Dean  and  Clark  went  deer  hunting  re- 
cently at  Tarkio  without  success. 

Third  Trick  Dispatcher  Hill  has  been  riding 
goats  lately  and  is  now  a  square  man. 

Bro.  Dean  drew  second  East  Portal,  vice  Bro. 
A.   M.   Peterson,   resigned. 

Miss  Maud  Martin  is  on  third  Roland  relieving 
Bro.   Betts,  called  to  Missoula. 

Bro.  Sellers  is  now  on  second  .Haugan  relieving 
O.  F,  Peterson,  relieving  Bro.  Maxwell,  agent 

Mr.  Leach  bumped  Mr.  Hughes  on  third  at 
Huson,  who  is  relieving  his  brother  on  second  for 
three   months. 

Miss  Lena  Huibretza  bid  in  third  Falcon;  Sister 
Miss  Vivian  Smith,  third  Kyle;  Sister  Margaret 
Ray,  extra  St.  Regis,  vice  Mrs.  Dehlene,  off  three 

Bro.  W.  CuUen,  from  Tarkio,  closed,  bumped 
Mr.  Leach,  first  Gold  Creek. 

Recent  additions  to  our  membership  are:  Mr. 
and  Mrs.  Tyndal,  Drummond;  M.  J.  Emmert, 
Haugan;  Miss  Kate  Ray  and  Mr.  Ray,  Superior; 
G.  B.  Aldrich,  Garrison;  S.  W.  Sowden  and  Mr. 
Waters,  Avery;  Miss  Vivian  Smith,  Kyle;  Mrs. 
R.  O.  Clark,  Roland,  and  W.  F.  Marshall,  Deer 

Mr.  Estep  third  at  Haugan,  Miss  Lena  Hui- 
bretza and  Gary  Hughes  will  soon  be  with  us,  and 
it  will  only  be  a  short  time  until  there  won't  be 
a   non  on  the  division. 

A  new  step  taken  lately  is  for  each  operator 
on  the  division  to  donate  twenty-five  cents  a 
month  for  maintaining  the  local  chairman's  office. 
It  is  necessary  that  the  local  chairman  have  a 
typewriter  and  possibly  a  few  other  things,  and  he 
should  not  be  expected  to  use  his  own  money  any 
more  than  the  other  operators.  An  account  of 
all  money  received  and  expended  will  be  kept  and 
a  statement  issued  when  requested.  When  the 
local  chairman's  term  expires  the  money  on  hand 
and  other  material  will  be  checked  over  to  his 
successor.  We  hope  that  every  one  will  send  his 
twenty-five  cents  every  month  and  remit  for  the 
first  six  months  or  a  year  in  advance  as  there  is 
no  money  in  the  treasury  and  some  is  badly  needed 
at  once. 

The  local  chairman,  the  committee  and  the 
correspondent  wishes  all  a  prosperous  New  Year. 
The  former  expects  to  go  over  the^  division  soon 
and  would  like  to  see  every  operator  at  the  station. 
You  will  be   notified  when  he  goes  over. 

Greetings  to  all.  W.   Harold  Glovek, 

Div.  Cor.,  Cert.  2695. 

Columhia  Division — 

Don't  think  because  you  don't  hear  any  noise 
from  the  committee  that  it  is  not  on  the  job.  It's 
slow  work  and  can't  be  accomplished  in  a  day. 

Forces  are  still  being  reduced.  Bro.  Stephens 
loses  Herrick  ofiice,  closed  1  a.  m.  to  7  a.  m. 

Pumper  at  St.  Joe  pulled  off  and  Bro.  Smith 
will  swell  his  princely  salary  by  the  amount  al- 
lowed for  pumping. 

One  man  pulled  off  at  Tekoa,  agent  now  working 
a  six-hour  trick.  Bro.  F.  L.  Hayes  jerked  out  of 
Maiden  relay  days  bid  in  Tekoa  first;  when  it  was 
abolished  he  took  second,  Bro.  Kirkpatrick  taking 
third  forcing  Mr.  Barry  out. 

Mr.  Jose,  in  Maiden  relay  nearly  four  years,  was 
caught  in  the  reduction.  Only  three  men  there 
now;  a  couple  of  months  ago  there  were  six. 

Bro.  R.  R.  Murphy  bid  in  second  Manito,  vice 
Bro.  Schlatter,  unable  to  hold  regular  position  on 
regular  seniority  list. 

Rosalia  third  abolished,  Bro.  Horn  bumping  Bro. 
"Slats"  at  Herrick. 

Bro.  A.  Walden  has  resumed  at  Pine  City  agency 
after  six  weeks'  illness. 

Bro.  J.  H.  Vassey,  who  relieved  Dispatcher  Cur- 
ren  several  weeks,  lost  out  on  account  of  third 
trick  dispatcher  having  to  work  both  ends. 

Bro.  Kinney,  second  Othello,  is  on  vacation  in 

Bro.  M.  J.  Campbell,  agent  Thorp,  is  laying  off, 
rel'cved   by   Bro.   Thompson.  Cert.   910. 

Rocky  Mountain  Division — 

There  are  rumors  that  more  operators  are  to 
be  laid  off  and  telegraph  offices  closed.  The  con- 
ductors, being  so  accommodating  as  to  solicit 
orders  on  the  block  phone  at  every  blind  siding 
and  closed  telegraph  office  they  come  to,  enable 
the  officials  to  do  this. 

Bro.  Jake  Schaeffer  has  gone  to  Amherst  on 
the  Great  Falls  line.     Bro.  J.  L.  Du  Houx,  back 

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from  a  three  months'  vacation  in  the  far  East,  is 
now  at  Hoosac. 

Bro.  Bothmer,  second  Two  Dot,  is  on  vacation; 
relieved  by  Mr.  Reed. 

Ex-Bro.  Maggett.  first  west  end  dispatcher  Three 
Forks,  on  thirty  days'  leave,  visited  at  Lennep  a 
few  days  and  left  for  his  home  in  North  Carolina 
for  the  holidays. 

Bro.  Phare,  third  Sixteen,  has  returned  from  a 
thirty-day  vacation.  Bro.  Horejs,  who  relieved 
him,  bid  in  first  Summit  temporarily. 

F.  P.  (Doc.)  Byrne  bid  in  second  Three  Forks, 
put  on  to  rclie/(re  Bro.  Clark  of  his  too  numerous 
duties,  which  also  cut  down  his  three  hours'  over- 
time per  day.  - 

Bro.  E.  S.  Bleichner  is  relieving  Bro.  Hughes, 
second  Lombard.  Bro.  Bleichner  relieved  on  third 
by  Bro.  Harmon,  a  new  arrivaL 

Bro.  Riddell,  from  Great  Falls  Line,  is  relieving 
Bro.  Phare  on  third  Sixteen  while  Bro.  Phare  re- 
lieves Bro.  Corn  on  first,  who  went  East  for  the 

Several  offices  closed  on  Great  Falls  Line  and 
a  number  of  men  laid  off.  The  work  up  there  is 
about  completed  and  should  create  a  number  of 
"bach**  jobs  when  opened  for  traffic  in  the  spring. 
The  new  depot  at  Lennep  is  now  completed  and 
moved  into  December  3d,  in  honor  of  which  Bro. 
Peacock  and  Sister  Francis  showed  up  for  work  in 
their  store  clothes.  Much  disappointment  was 
shown  when  Bro.  Bradley  showed  up  in  the  regu- 
lation uniform — ^wool  shirt  and  overalls. 

Bro.  Sill,  at  Summit,  recently  assisted  in  the 
capture  of  a  bold  desperado  who  robbed  Engineer 
Shaw's  house  at  Three  Forks. 

One  dispatcher  cut  off  at  Three  Forks  and  a 
third  trick  operator  and  report  clerk  put  on.  C.  G. 
Brown,  the  dispatcher  reduced,  now  working  third 
there  until  bids  are  up. 

Butte  Relay  "GS"  Office— W.  W.  Glaze,  of 
Hoosac,  bid  in  temporary  vacancy,  but  resigned 
before  accepting.  Bro.  N.  P.  Hansen  is  now  em- 
ployed by  Yukon  Telegraphs  at  Ogilvie,  Y.  T. 
D.  R.  Snyder  bid  in  temporary  vacancy  during 
Bro.  Massing's  absence.  Third  Wire  Chief  Bro. 
Faucher,  on  two  weeks'  vacation  with  his  folks  in 
Michigan,  was  relieved  by  Bro.  Gallivan.  Second 
■  Wire  Chief  Bro.  Charley  Gray,  who  spent  his 
holidays  on  the  coast,  relieved  Wire  Chief  Potter, 
who  spent  Christmas  holidays  in  Spokane. 

Bro.  M.  E.  Spencer,  agent  Willow  Creek,  on 
thirty  days'  leave,  relieved  by  Bro.  W.  A.  Horejs. 
Bro.  Geo.  Redding,  who  lost  out  by  Finlen  being 
made  a  twelve-hour  day  and  Dawson  a  twelve-hour 
night  office,  bumped  Bro.  W.  F.  Monthey,  third 
Donald.  George  spent  the  holidays  with  his  folks 
at  Lexington,  Ky. 

Ncwcorab  is  to  be  made  a  twelve-hour  night  and 
Janney  a  twelve-hour  day  office.  Dawson  and 
Cedric  are  twelve-hour  night  offices  and  Moyne 
will  probably  be  in  the  same  list  soon  making  Ring- 
hug  a  twelve-hour  day  office. 

In  the  Employes'  Magaeine  for  December  ap- 
pears the  following  article  addressed  to  Conductor 
Thcs.  O'Brien  and  Brakemen  C.  J.  Buck  and  J.  E. 
Manley:     "For  your  prompt  and  heroic  action  on 

the  night  of  October  27th  in  stopping  Train  94, 
coming  into  Grace,  due  to  air  valve  on  Engine  8500 
being  defective,  I  wish  to  hereby  extend  to  you 
my  highest  commendation.  A  serious  catastrophe 
was  averted  by  your  efforts,  which  I  know  were 
thoroughly  appreciated  by  the  management  of  this 
company.  It  is  gratifying  to  know  that  we  have 
employes  of  this  caliber  who  are  not  found  want- 
ing when  put  to  a  test.  I  take  pleasure  in  giving 
you  due  credit  for  this  in  our  Employes'  Register 
and  am  also  extending  to  you  my  personal  thanks 
for  'staying  with  the  ship'  as  you  did.  (Signed) 
W.  H.  Molchoir,  Superintendent."  We  all  coin- 
cide with  the  spirit  of  the  superintendent's  letter. 
No.  15  was  on  its  way  up  the  mountain,  which  was 
the  serious  catastrophe  averted  by  No.  94  being 
stopped.  This  incident  and  another  recently  when 
a  car  got  away  from  Grace  and,  starting  down  the 
mountain,  was  derailed  at  Cedric  by  the  operator 
there  being  notified  to  open  the  switch,  is  a  strong 
argument  in  favor  of  maintaining  a  full  force  at 
all  stations  on  mountain  grades.  This  should  re- 
ceive some  consideration  from  the  "Safety  First" 
movement;  for  when  the  word  is  given  out  by 
the  management  to  cut  down  the  expense  of  opera- 
tion, or  in  normal  times  when  the  management  will 
not  approve  additional  CT^pcnse,  the  local  officials 
are  powerless.  Div.  Coa. 

Musselshell  Division — 

Bro.  L.  A.  Copp  relieved  Bro.  G.  F.  Rediske, 
third  Ryegate  a  few  weeks,  later  relieving  Bro.  J. 
C.  Foster,  first  Ryegate,  a  few  days,  and  then  went 
to  his  assignment  third  Roundup,  relieving  Claude 
Mitchell,  extra. 

Bro.  C.  W.  Erther  assigned  ninety-day  vacancy 
on  first  Baker,  relieved  on  second  there  by  R.  T. 
Davis,  who  later  relieved  Bro.  Copp  on  third 
Ryegate  and  then  bumped  Bro.  Olson  on  second 
Mildred  temporarily. 

Bro.  W.  A.  Aasve  relieved  Mrs.  Oconnor  on  sec- 
ond Carlerville  a  few  <lays,  later  relieved  R.  T. 
Davis  on  second  Baker  temporarily,  and  then  went 
on  a  vacation.  Bro.  J.  H.  Cowley,  assigned  Del- 
phia  days,  relieved  Bro.  Cook,  who  then  bumped 
Bro.  Warman  on  third  Shawmut. 

Bro.  C.  H,  Richards,  extra,  relieved  Bro.  T.  E. 
Crandall,  first  Ismay,  a  few  days,  also  relieved 
Bro.  R.  R.  Russell,  agent  at  Saugus,  a  short  time. 

Sister  Hayes  returned  from  an  extended  visit 
with  relatives  in  Seattle  and  resumed  duty  on 
second  Sumatra,  relieving  Bro.  H.  J.  Thompson, 
who  bumped  Claude  Mitchell,  Heritage  nights, 
until  that  trick  was  pulled  off,  and  then  bumped 
C.  L.  Burke,  third  Calabar;  Mr.  Burke  assigned 
ninety  days'  vacancy  on  second  Baker. 

Bro.  C.  H.  Burnworth,  assistant  general  chair- 
man, after  some  time  spent  in  lining  up  the  Puget 
Sound  Lines,  attended  a  meeting  of  the  Milwaukee 
sub-committee  in  Chicago.  Sister  Burnworth 
handled  the  agency  at  Ingomar  during  his  absence, 
with  Bro.  Heise  on  second  and  Bro.  Leo  Thiel  on 

Bros.  Wells,  Wallace  and  O'Brien  pulled  out  of 
the  relay  office  on  account  of  reduction  in  force. 
Bro.    Wallace    assigned    second    Miles    City    yard, 

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The  Railroad  Telegrapher. 

but  is  working  for  the  Western  Union  in  Miles 
City  temporarily,  with  Bro.  O'Brien  filling  in 
at   the  yard,  bumping  Bro.   J.   H.   Jesser. 

Bro.  J.  P.  Kennedy  assigned  Kinsey  agency  and 
E.  J.  Miller  assigned  Mildred  agency.  Two  nons 
at  Mildred  now — only  ones  on  the  east  sub-division. 

The  following  brothers  took  their  vacations  dur- 
ing the  holidays  and  went  home  to  eat  turkey: 
Bro.  W.  F.  Corcoran,  Bascora  days,  relieved  by 
Bro.  W.  A.  Aasve;  Bro.  Dorner  second  Terry, 
relieved  by  Bro.  Richards,  and  Bro.  W.  E.  Berger, 
third  Ismay,  relieved  by  Claude  Mitchell. 

Understand  the  relay  office  at  Miles  City  is  to 
be  pulled  off  entirely.  This  will  do  away  with 
Wire  Chiefs  Doherty  and  Maille.  Pretty  hard  on 
these  brothers  as  it  will  be  necessary  for  them  to 
take  an  "OS"  job  at  quite  a  reduction  in  salary 
or  get  out  of  the  service  altogether.  One  dis- 
patcher also  pulled  off  in  Miles  City  office.  The 
unlucky  man  being  P.  G.  Kearney.  Dispatchers 
T.  E.  Corbctt  and  A.  O.  Veitch,  first  and  second 
tricks  on  west  end,  working  through  three  hours 
each.  C.  C.  Johnson,  first  east  end,  working  a 
lap  trick,  and  A.  C.  KoUlhase,  third  west  end,  with 
M.  G.  Pence,  third  east  end.  J.  C.  Anderson, 
extra  dispatcher,  is  back  on  the  side  table  job. 
Jack,  while  working  as  extra  dispatcher,  became 
well  acquainted  with  all  of  the  operators  and  is 
now  doing  his  best  to  see  that  each  of  us  get  a 
square  deal.  Right  at  the  time  of  reductions  he 
handled  some  pretty  complicated  deals  and  fol- 
lowed the  schedule  as  near  as  he  consistently  could 
thereby  saving  much  of  the  confusion  and  dissatis- 
faction among  the  operators  which  had  previously 
existed  in  that  office.  Ckrt.  2446. 

H.  &  D.  Division— 

Recent  appointmenU:  First  tricks— C.  O.  Swan- 
berg,  Fargo;  H.  A.  Parsons,  Webster;  Bro.  W.  H. 
Swan,  Sumpter.  Second — Bro.  E.  C.  Canus,  Nor- 
wood tower;  Bro.  B.  A.  Shea,  Hennipin  avenue; 
R.  F.  Williams,  Chanhassen;  S.  Simonsen,  Web- 
ster; C.  H.  Fabel,  Hector  for  ninety  days.  Third — 
W.  L.  Meyer,  Wegdahl;  Bro.  C.  C.  Malck,  Ren- 

Mrs.  W?.  J.  Maloney,  wife  of  Bro.  W.  J.  Ma- 
loney,  agent  Hopkins,  died  December  16th,  after 
a  brief  illness.  The  remains  were  taken  to  her 
old  home  in  Iowa  for  burial.  Bro.  Hamilton,  who 
relieved  Bro.  Maloney,  was  relieved  on  first  there 
by  Bro.  Collins. 

Bro.  Chas.  McReynolds  relieved  Mr.  Fosneo  on 
third  double-track  switch  when  he  accompanied 
hit  brother  to  Minneapolis  for  an  operation. 

Bro.  Johnson,  third  Montevideo  dispatcher's 
office,  on  two  weeks'  vacation  visiting  Fargo,  Min- 
neapolis, etc.,  was  relieved  by  Mr.  Nelson,  from 
third  Montevideo  yard,  relieved  by  Mr.  Young. 

A  great  reduction  in  forces,  owing  to  the  de- 
crease in  business,  has  been  made  during  the  past 
two  or  three  weeks  in  all  departments.  Webster, 
Bird  Island,  Renville,  Cologne  and  Hopkins  third 
taken  off,  and  the  agents  at  these  stations  now 
have  to  work  a  trick.  We  hope  business  will  soon 
pick  up  and  the  brothers  thrown  out  of  work  put 
back  again. 

Many  train  crews  have  also  been  pulled  off,  and 
most  vf  them  are  now  made  up  entirely  of  con- 
ductors, the  younger  men  having  taken  vacation 
until  business  increases.  Trains  are  handling  full 
tonnage  during  this  nice  weather,  and  the  chief 
dispatchers  sit  back  and  smile. 

The  beginning  of  the  new  year  is  a  good  time 
for  the  nons  to  start  in  right  by  joining  the  O. 
R.  T.  When  we  look  back  over  the  year  just 
passed,  and  even  farther  back,  and  think  of  the 
benefits  secured  for  them  by  the  O.  R.  T.,  we  feel 
that  they  as  well  as  we  have  a  great  deal  to  be 
thankful  for.  With  their  help  greater  and  better 
results  can  be  secured  this  year.  It  is  certainly 
to  their  benefit  as  well  as  ours  that  they  become 
members,  and  we  should  get  to  work  in  earnest 
and  see  that  they  are  made  to  see  this  as  we  do. 

Bro.  J.  P.  Walsh  is  relieving  Bro.  Churchill  at 
Holmquist,  on  vacation. 

Bro.  C.  O.  Johnson,  of  third  Milan  (closed),  is 
now  on  third  Appleton.  • 

Bro.  Russell  was  on  second  Montevideo  yard  a 
few  days  while  Bro.  Ronning  was  sick. 

The  writer  attended  a  "get  together"  meeting  at 
Montevideo,  but  the  engineers  and  firemen  seemed 
to  be  the  only  ones  having  grievances  and  theirs 
are  so  numerous  that  a  telegrapher  would  die  from 
old  age  if  he  waited  his  turn  to  voice  his  griev- 
atices  at  one  of  these  meetings. 

Boys,  send  me  any  news  you  may  know  of.  It 
will  be  appreciated  and  we  will  enjoy  the  journal 
so  much  more  with  a  write-up  from  our  own  divi- 

A  good  New  Year's  resolution  is  "No  card,  no 
favors."  Live  up  to  it  and  it  will  increase  our 
membership.  Cbrt.  1866. 


Whbrbas,  It  has  pleased  an  all-wise  and  loving 
Father  to  call  home  the  beloved  wife  of  our 
brother,  W.  J.  Maloney;  and 

Whbrbas,  The  years  that  hurry  by, 

Each  bringing  bright  or  somber  scenes, 
Each  with  its  joys  that  can  not  last, 

Of  hopes  and  fears  and  vanished  dreams. 
Passing  swift  to  be  enrolled 

With  all  the  thousands  gone  before. 
To  make  the  total,  when  'tis  called. 

And  time  shall  be  declared  no  more. 
Among  the  sheaves  that  each  shall  give 

To  swell  the  rich  storehouse  of  heaven. 
No  sweeter  fruit,  no  brighter  flower. 

Than  her  whose  life  today  was  given. 

Resolved,  That  while  with  so  much  gone 

Of  life  and  love,  we  still  live  on, 
To  let  her  life  forever  be 

The  symbol  of  our  charity; 
Until  in  life's  late  afternoon. 

Where  cool  and  long  the  shadows  grow. 
We  all  must  walk  to  meet  the  night 

That  shape  and  shadow  overflow. 
We  can  not  feel  that  thou  art  far. 

Since  near  at  hand  the  angels  are, 
And  when  the  heavenly  gates  unbar, 

We'll  see  her  welcome,  beckoning  hand. 

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The  Railroad  Telegrapher. 


And  Be  It  Further  Resolved,  That  a  copy   of 
these  resolutions  b(  sent  the  bereared  brodier,  a 
copy  spread  upon  th«  minutes  of  Division  23,  and 
a  copy  mailed  Thb  Tblbgeapbbk  for  publication. 
H.  S.  Dbming, 
H.  T.  RoBB, 
T.  W.  Wbst. 


River  Division — 

The  new  automatic  signals  were  put  in  service 
between  Hastings  and  Red  Wing  at  2  p.  m.,  De- 
cember 13th,  closing  Indio  and  making  one-man 
Nations  of  Etter  and  Eggleston.  Lamoille  and 
Richmond  are  also  one-roan  stations  now. 

Bro.  Roy  Ken  yon  will  do  the  dispatching  at 
Newport  for  the  next  six  months.  Bro.  J.  P. 
Leahy  is  relieving  him  at  South  Minneapolis,  and 
Bro.  Diff  Kenyon  is  relieving  Bro.  Leahy  at  sig- 
nal tower. 

Bro.  Martin,  Lake  City,  was  held  up  recently 
and  the  depot  robbed  of  $90.  Robbers  are  thought 
to  have  escaped  in  motor  boat  across  Lake  Pepin 
to  Wisconsin  shore. 

Bro.  Jack  Marron,  lower  yard,  was  very  indig- 
nant when  he  found  someone  had  "balled  up"  the 
pay-roll  and  he  did  not  get  any  check  for  Novem- 

Bro.  J.  F.  Sainsbury,  who  lost  out  when  second 
Lamoille  dosed,  relieved  Bro.  Maloney  at  Wa- 
basha a  few  nights  and  then  took  third  at  Minne- 
sota City  permanently,  displacing  Mr.  Knutson. 

Chelsea,  closed  in  the  reduction  craze,  was 
opened  again  in  two  days. 

Bro,  Lakeman,  second  St.  Croix  Crossing,  has 
gone  to  Michigan  on  two  weeks'  vacation,  relieved 
by  H.  J.  Ward,  from  Hastings  yard,  and  he  by 
young  Tackaberry,  from  Frontenac. 

Christmas  and  New  Year's  past  and  no  signs  of 
snow.  Skating  and  swimming  at  the  same  time  in 
St  Paul.  Tennis  in  Minneapolis,  and  a  big  base- 
ball game  at  Lexington  Park,  St.  Paul,  December 
14th.     Not  so  bad  for  a  Minnesota  winter. 

Mr.  Pickle,  at  "VD,"  while  helping  out  in  Mr. 
Sexton's  office,  was  relieved  by  a  brother  heavy- 
weight   from  *'C"  office. 

Bro.  Peterson  resumed  second  Hastings  on,  De- 
cember 13th,  displacing  Mr.  Soules,  extra. 

Bro.  Jack  Fell  resumed  second  Kellogg,  displac* 
ing  Mr.  Winters.  Bro.  Jack  and  his  friend  made 
good  on  their  hunting  trip  up  North,  bagging  two 
good-sized  deer  and  the  largest  moose  shot'  this 
season.  When  we  said  that  Jack  was- a  crack  shot 
with  that  new  gun  we  were  giving  it  to  you 
straight.  We  were  lucky  enough  to  secure  a  photo 
of  the  boys  and  their  game  for  the  boys  to  see. 

Mr.  Winters  bumped  Mr.  Maynard  on  second 

Dispatcher  Harry  Vogel,  on  six  months*  vaca- 
tion, is  being  relieved  by  Bro.  Harry  Peed,  from 
Newport.  Div.  Cor. 

C.  &  C.   B.  in  Iowa  Division — 

Bro.  P.  H.  Curran,  agent  Portsmouth,  who  laid 
off  recently  on  account  of  sickness,  relieved  by 
Bro.  E.  L.  Nunn,  died  November  30th,  leaving 
a    wife,    three    sons,    a    12-year-old    daughter,    a' 

mother,  four  sisters  and  two  brothers.  His  son 
LaVere  is  a  train  dispatcher  at  Maiden,  Wash., 
Walter  is  a  telegrapher  at  Council  Bluffs,  and 
George,  the  other  son,  is  on  a  homestead  in  South 

E.  F.  Grossman,  one  of  the  east-enders,  was 
assigned  to  third  Elberon. 

The  new  dpuble  track  has  been  extended  at 
various  points  along  the  line,  and  many  night 
oflkes  have  been  abolished. 

Rumor  has  it  that  a  telegraph  office  is  to  be 
installed  at  the  interlocking  plant  at  ^Iberon  by 
the  C.  &  N.  W. 

The  double  track  east  of  Marion  is  in  use  from 
Lost  Nation  to  Marion.  Ten  work  trains  still  out 
on  account  of  good  weather. 

Mr.  Stone  relieved  at  Covington  nights  by  Mr. 
Welch,  from  Neola. 

Bro.  Farnham,  Council  Bluffs  yard  second,  is 
on  a  three  months'   lay-off. 

Bro.  Parmenter,  Browns  second,  off  a  few  days, 
relieved  by  Mr.  Hutchinson. 

Bro.  M.  A.  DeVoe,  Marion,  off  on  account  of 
sickness,  relieved  by  Bro.  Dove. 

Mr.  Fox,  Delmar  Jet.,  off  a  few  days  on  account 
of  sickness,  relieved  by  Mr.  Sorg. 

Mr.  Leaman  now  dispatching  third  trick  at 
Marion,  vice  J.  W.  Held,  moved  to  Milwaukee 
with  his  family. 

Bro.  N.  N.  Embree,  agent  Madrid,  while  visit- 
ing his  mother  in  Ohio,  was  relieved  by  Bro. 
Oleson,  Council  Bluffs  yard  first. 

The  interlocking  plant  has  been  moved  from 
Martelle  to  Lost  Nation,  adding  considerable  extra 
work  to  the  force  there. 

Nellie  May,  daughter  of  Bro.  N.  C.  lies,  at 
Keystone,  succeeded  in  capturing  first  prize  and 
was  awarded  a  silver  cup  at  the  baby  show  held 
at  that   point   recently. 

Bro.  Campbell,  Oxford  Jet.  second,  appointed 
to  the  Wheatland  agency  six  months.  Bro.  Mac 
Stuart,  agent  El  wood,  gets  Oxford  Jet.  second 
six  months,  and  Bro.  W.  T.  Bright,  third,  gets 
Elwood  agency  six  months.  Cert.  1408. 

Wisconsin  Valley  Division — 

Second  Star  Lake  Uken  off,  Bro.  West  going 
back  to  third  Merrill. 

Boulder  Jet.,  a  new  station,  opened  with  M. 
Obrien,  formerly  bill  clerk  at  Wausau,  as  agent. 

Bro.  W.  E.  Herman,  agent  Hazelhurst,  on  a 
vacation,  was  relieved  by  Bro.  Blanchfield,  later 
relieved  by  Mr.  Parker  on  account  of  sickness, 
who  also  relieved  Bro.  Sternitzke,  second  Mosinee, 
a  few  days. 

Third  Tomahawk  closed,  Bro.  Burlingham  going 
to  Mather  as  agent. 

Bro.  Heath,  second  Merrill,  was  off  a  few  days 
on  account  of  his  mother  undergoing  an  operation, 
which,  we  are  glad  to  hear,  was  successful,  and 
that  she  is  improving. 

Business  is  rather  slack  owing  to  the  late  fall 
and  no  snow  so  far — something  very  unusual  for 
this  neck  of  the  woods.  We  are  looking  for 
things  to  be  booming  in  a  short  time. 

Cert.  lUO. 

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The  Railroad  Telegrapher. 


Whereas,  It  has  pleased  Him,  who  givtth  and 
taketh  away,  to  take  unto  Himself  the  beloved 
wife  of  our  friend  and  brother,  A.  I.  Lathrop,  and 

Whereas,  Our  brother  is  now  overwhelmed  with 
a  great  burden  of  grief,  such  as  death  will  in- 
evitably bring  to  us  all;  therefore  be  it 

Resolved,  That  the  profoundest  and  most  heart- 
felt sympathy  of  the  undivided  and  collective  mem- 
bership of  the  Wisconsin  Valley  Division,  No.  23, 
be  and  is  hcreby*extended  to  Bro.  Lathrop  in  this 
his  hour  of  great  sorrow;  be  it  further 

Resolvedt  That  a  copy  of  these  resolutions  be 
forwarded  to  Bro.  Lathrop,  a  copy  sent  to  The 
Telegrapher  for  publication,  and  that  they  also 
be  placed   upon   records  of  the  division. 

R.    E.    SCHULTZ, 

W.   F.   Van   Gilder, 

W.    H.    BURLINGHAM, 


To  the  Members  of  the  O,  R.   T.: 

We  received  such  a  beautiful  floral  piece,  "The 
Gates  Ajar,"  from  the  employes  in  the  station  and 
telegraph  department  of  the  Wisconsin  Valley  Divi- 
sion. Of  all  the  flowers  sent  they  were  the  loveli- 
est. We  do  not  know  how  to  convey  our  deep 
appreciation  of  them.  Mrs.  C.  G.  Hanover. 

Prairie  du  Chien  and  Mineral  Point  Divisions — 

Bro.  Child  has  returned  to  Hanover  from  a  two 
months'  vacation  to  Portland,  Ore.,  and  the  Far 
West,  relieved  by  Bro.  Doyle,  of  Gratiot,  who  is 
now  relieving  Bro.  Tegan  at  Albany,  Wis. 

The  local  chairman  was  especially  favored  re- 
cently with  a  visit  by  Bro.  Lathrop  of  Bridge- 
port, and  Bro.  Regan,  of  New  Glavis.  He  wishes 
more  of  the  brothers  would  drop  in  whenever  they 
have  a  day  off. 

Bro.  Millard  and  wife,  of  Lima  Center,  visited 
the  lady'^s  parents  at  Orfordville,  Sunday,  Novem- 
ber 23d. 

Bro.  Wichman  and  wife,  of  Stoughton,  were 
in  Janesville  recently,  enroute  to  Belmont  to  visit 

Bro.  Reisel,  agent  Lone  Rock,  has  been  taking 
a  much  needed  rest,  relieved  by  Bro.  Gunderson, 
of  second  trick,  and  he  by  Extra  Richter,  who  later 
relieved  Bro.  Jaeger,  agent  Woodman,  a  few  days. 

Bro.  Thatcher,  Eagle  third,  is  a  frequent  visitor 
at  McFarland. 

Train  Dispatcher  E.  M.  Dousman,  Milu,  was 
relieved  on  second  trick  a  week  by  Extra  Dis- 
patcher G.  S.  Davy. 

Bro.  Chas.  Neuman  relieved  Bro.  Shore  on 
third  Lone  Rock  while  he  relieved  Agent  Hubbard 
at  Richland  Center. 

It    will    soon    be    Bro.    Orth,    second    Stoughton. 

Only  one  non  now  on  Mineral  Point  Division, 
r^et  us  get  him  and  make  it  solid.  There  are 
still  a  few  nons  on  the  Prairie  du  Chien  whom  we 
should  induce  to  come  across  in  order  that  we  may 
get  good   results. 

The  hours  at  Janesville  have  been  changed.  First 
trick,  6  a.  m.  to  3  p.  m.;  secoad  trick,  3  p.  m.  to 
12  midnight;  third  trick,  9  p.  m.  to  6  a.  m.,  in 
order  that  the  latter  could  be  in  lower  yards  from 
9  p.  m.  to  12  midnight  to  handle  the  stock  trains. 
Bro.  Fish  is  on  second  Janesville  pending  bulletin. 

Bro.  Sekhart,  second  Madison,  away  for  the 
holidays,   w'as   relieved   by    Extra   Merstcr. 

Bro.  Hitchcock,  McFarland  second,  relieved  Mr. 
Allen  on  first  while  Extra  Bro.  McDonald  did  the 
second  trick  act. 

Traffic  was  blocked  several  days  on  the  Rich- 
land Center  Line  on  account  of  No.  66  derailing 
eight  cars  about  one  mile  west  o|  Gotham.  Der- 
ricks from  Milwaukee  and  Madison  cleared  the 
debris.  Div.  Cor. 

Missouri   Pacific  Ry. 

Central  Kansas  Division — 

It  has  been  six  months  since  this  division  had 
a  write-up  in  The  Telegrapher.  The  writer  has 
been  exiled  in  the  wilds  of  Colorado  for  several 
months  and  is  not  familiar  with  all  the  changes, 
but  believes  that  a  little  news  is  better  than 
nothing  at  all. 

Those  lucky  enough  to  get  vacations  were:  Neale 
at  "CG,"  going  to  the  coast;  Lemer  at  "GO,"  to 
Pueblo,  Kansas  City  and  Omaha,  and  Ramsey  at 
"MO,"  to  Genesco. 

There  are  two  new  faces  in  *'JN,"  Schaffcr 
transferring  to  McGee,  Ark.,  and  Williams  laying 
off,  also  some  changes  in  the  dispatcher's  office. 

Bro.  Johnny  Sorrels,  agent  Hope,  is  still  on 
the  sick  list  and  improving  very  slowly.  Bro.  J. 
M.  Johnson,  of  Genesco,  is  also  on  the  sick  list. 
There  is  a  new  man  there  on  second. 

Bro.  Boolinger  at  Osage  City  is  as  snug  as  a  bug 
in  a  rug  in  that  new  depot. 

Bro.  Hanson  bid  in  Claflin  third,  Bro.  Thigpcn 
bidding  in  Elmo. 

Hade  a  nice  visit  with  Local  Chairman  Neale 
recently,  who  reports  everything  running  smoothly, 
everybody   happy  and  business  good. 

Our  old  friend,  "Mr.  Bond,"  has  been  pretty 
busy  on  the  division  the  past  year.  It  makes  little 
difference  how  long  you  have  been  in  the  service 
or  how  good  the  service  rendered  has  been,  if  some 
time  in  the  past  twenty  years  you  have  done 
something  that  was  not  just  right  "Mr.  Bond"  is 
right  on  the  job,  causing  a  loss  of  time,  worries 
for  our  officers  and  trouble  for  the  employers. 
When  an  employe  has  been  unjustly  discharged  he 
is  certainly  within  his  rights  if  he  asksy  for  an 
adjustment.  That  is  why  we  are  organized  and 
want  justice  done.  But  when  the  party  knows 
that  there  is  no  merit  to  his  case  and  that  he  was 
at  fault  he  is  only  wasting  his  time  and  embarrass- 
ing the  chairman  who  handles  his  case.  And  no 
goo  J  can  come  of  it. 

Some  of  the  good  brothers  on  the  Rock  Island 
have  evidently  crossed  their  wires  in  regard  to 
the  $95.00  niinimum  on  the  Rio  Grande.  There 
may  be  several  jobs  there  that  pay  $95.00,  but 
don't  go  to  Colorado  expecting  to  get  such  wages. 
The   Rio   Grande  is  hiring  men  all  the  time  both 

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io  Denver  and  Pueblo,  and  such  would  not  be  the 
case  if  this  minimum  were  in  effect. 

The  division  is  in  good  shape,  but  there  are 
still  a  few  outside  the  fold.  There  is  no  excuse 
for  being  a  non  under  present  condi|^ons,  and  if 
each  member  will  do  a  little  missionary  work  we 
can  soon  get  this  division  solid.  The  nons  are  not 
all  new  men  cither,  there  are  still  a  few  old  heads 
among  them. 

The  parcel  post  is  a  great  thing,  but  it  is  not 
safe  to  mention  it  to  an  agent  at  all. 

Any  one  on  the  division  having  any  notes  for 
The  Telegrapher  kindly  send  them  to  Bro.  Neale 
at  Council  Grove  and  he  will  forward  them  to  me. 
It  is  hard  to  get  notes  from  the  east  end.  Some 
one  there  please  send  them  in. 

Next  month  we  will  be  in  closer  touch  with  hap- 
penings on  the  division  and  can  give  a  better 
write-up.  "GI,"  Cert.  2309. 

St  Louis,  Iron  Mountain  A  Southern  Ry. 

Valley  Division — 

It  is  a  mighty  difficult  task  to  get  all  the  news 
on  this  division  as  I  was  but  recently  appointed 
correspondent  by  the  local  chairman  and  am  a 
new  roan  on  the  road,  so  I  am  not  well  acquainted 
with  the  members  and  their  happenings.  If  the 
boys  will  just  drop  me  a  line  of  just  any  old  thing 
they  know   I  will  gladly  appreciate   the  kindness. 

Bro.  H,  H.  Bryan  has  returned  from  the  Rock 
Island  and  resumed  as  telegrapher  at  Dermott,  the 
heaviest  ticket  job  on  the  pike.  Bro.  Hale,  from 
the  D.  k  R.  G.,  bid  in  second  there,  and  Bro. 
Pierce  is  back  on  third  again. 

On  account  of  the  heavy  cotton  business,  also 
a  late  crop,  box  cars  are  in  demand,  ani  many  of 
the  agents  are  robbing  the  big  long  drags  for  a 
few  to  supply  their  needs.^ 

A  cotton  clerk  has  teen  given  to  the  agent  at 
Parkdale  this  season,  as  well  as  many  other  places. 

Bro.  E.  J.  Stuttsman,  from  Memphis,  fonnerly 
with  the  Soo  Line  at  Superior,  Wis.,  is  relieving 
Mr.  Dunham  at  Higgins. 

Bro.  T.  C.  Clover,  second  Portland,  while  off  a 
few  days  was  relieved  by  A.  J.  Fern,  of  East  St. 
Louis,  and  Bro.  T.  A.  Carson,  first  Portland,  off 
thirty   days,  was  relieved  by   Bro.   Bryan. 

Bro.  Guse,  third  Montrose,  off  fifteen  days,  was 
relieved   by   Bro.   Watson. 

Bros.  Barker,  agent  Montrose;  Carson,  first 
Portland,  and  Culpper,  first  Bonita,  were  Mon- 
roe visitors  Sunday,  December  7th.  Bro.  Carson, 
while  visiting  his  son  there,  stumbled  and  fell, 
breaking  several  ribs. 

Bro.  Barker,  agent  Montrose,  visited  the  Port- 
land office  force  December  11th,  and  secured  Mr. 
Wall  as  a  member. 

Bro.  McGraw  and  wife,  of  Collinston,  ate  their 
Thanksgiving  dinner  with  Mrs.  McGraw's  parents 
at  Pine  Bluff;  relieved  by  Bro.  Bryan. 

J.  R.  Gullala  made  a  trip  over  the  division 
recently  and  gave  instructions  regarding  the  bulle- 
tin boards  being  posted. 

Chief  Dispatcher  Rogers,  on  a  month's  vacation, 
was  relieved  by  Dispatcher  Lamb,  relieved  by  Bro. 
Cunningham,  of  Argena. 

Mail  the  proper  amount  for  your  dues  and  your 
M.  B.  D.  assessments  at  once  and  get  your  new 
card;  also  see  that  your  neighbor  or  the  man 
working  with  you  pays  up  and  save  the  officers 
unnecessary  work  by  prompt  payment.  Remaining 
up  to  date  is  necessary  for  the  protection  of  our 
loved  ones  and  ourselves.  Div.  CoR. 

St.  Louis  A  San  Francisco  R.  R. 
Southwestern  Division — 

I  am  indeed  glad  to  get  a  few  items  from  the 
west  end,  and  hope  to  be  more  successful  in  se- 
curing  a  more  extensive  write-up  for  the  next 
issue.  I  wish  to  thank  Bros.  D.  W.  Lowe  and 
J.  R.  Jones  for  the  assistance  rendered. 

Bro.  N.  D.  Pritchett,  first  Snyder,  who  hat  been 
confined  to  his  bed  for  more  than  a  month  with 
typhoid  fever,  we  are  glad  to  learn,  is  steadfastly 
recovering,  and  hope  he  will  soon  be  able  to 
resume  his  regular  duties.  He  is  being  relieved 
by  Bro.  D.  W.  Lowe,  relieved  by  Bro.  Cavin  on 
second  Snyder,  who  later  returned  to  third  Law- 
ton,  relieved  by  Bro.  Spencer. 

Bro.  M.  T.  Russell,  agent  Eldorado,  bid  in  Mu^ 
tang,  and  Bro.  D.  L.  Eetes,  agent  Headrick,  bid 
in  Eldorado  agency.  Bro.  O.  F.  Nowlin,  cashier- 
operator  Eldorado,  bid  in  first  Altus.  Bro.  J.  R. 
Jones,  Division  126,  relief  at  Eldorado  and  Altus, 
bid  in  Garnett  agency,  and  Bro.  C  C.  Hill,  same 
division,  is  relieving  on  Altus  first.  Bro.  C.  E. 
Simmons,  agent  Mustang,  bid  in  Vinita  third,  and 
Bro.  J.  J.  Cowden,  agent  Depew,  bid  in  Head- 
rick agency. 

Bro.  R.  M.  Page,  on  three  weeks'  vacation  at 
hit  old  home  in  Dickson,  Tenn.,  was  relieved  by 
Bro.   F.  Shartell. 

Bro.  Floyd  Tolleson  has  returned  to  Bristow 
first  from  a  pleasant  vacation  to  the  Southeast. 

Bro.  C.  F.  Lewis  bid  in  Kellyville  agency,  re- 
Keyed  by  Bro.  Er~Heffner  on  second  Catoosa  on 
bid,  and  he  on  third  there  on  bid  by  Bro.  E.  G. 
Sheldebar^  from  the  extra  list. 

Bro.  V.  E.  Martin,  of  Vinita,  bid  in  second 
Afton,  and  Bro.  W.  S.  Stuart  bid  in  first  there, 
vice  Bro.  G.  F.  Wallace,  who  bid  in  Gran  by  days. 

Bro.  Wallace  Morgan  has  resumed  duty  on 
third  White  Oak  after  a  short  and  pleasant  vaca- 
tion. [ 

Bro.  Jack  Gardner,  agent  Garnett,  bid  in  third 
Redfork,  relieved  by  Bro.  Jones  at  Eldorado. 

Bro.  Paris,  phoner  at  Verdigris,  is  now  in  the 
B.  and  B.  department.     We  all  wish  him  success. 

Bro.  Al  Creason,  extra,  bid  in  second  Peirce 
City.  Bro.  T.  R.  Stott  has  resumed  third  there, 
after  enjoying  a  short  vacation. 

Bro.  C.  L.  Hougham,  who  relieved  at  Granby 
and  third  Peirce  City,  is  now  at  Seneca,  relieving 
Bro.  W.  G.  Mullens,  relieving  Bro.  Delaplaine, 
agent  Ritchey,  taking  in  the  sights  at  Kansas  City. 

Maurice  Mullens,  relieving  at  Seneca,  has  re- 
signed to  go  to  schooL 

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Bro.  C.  B.  Dreibelbis  has  resumed  as  agent 
Seneca,  after  a  pleasant  trip  in  tiie  British  North- 
west, where  our  brothers  on  the  Canadian  Pacific 
'  are  enjoying  a  good  schedule,  being  100  per  cent 
strong,  comprising  the  dispatchers,  agents,  teleg- 
raphers, telephoners  and  linemen,  with  a  mini- 
mum of  $80,  and  Sunday  overtime  based  on  the 
pro  rata  salary  received  per  month — the  $80  at 
twenty-six  working  days  per  month  equaling  $3.08 
per  day;  overtime  based  on  same  scale,  and  a  fort- 
night vacation  per  year,  with  compensation,  for 
all  employes  with  three  years*  service — a  schedule 
worth  having.  We  congratulate  our  energetic 
Canadian  brothers.  The  eight  and  nine-hour  law 
does  not  affect  Canadian  telegraphers. 

Bids  were  received  recently  on  two  of  our  most 
popular  agencies — ^Afton  and  Vinita — which  looks 
encouraging  to  our  good  brothers. 

With  the  beginning  of  the  new  year  our  motto 
is,  "Get  one  new  member,"  if  you  can  locate  a 
non.     They  are  few  and  far  apart. 

I  am  sorry  there  are  so  few  mentions  of  the 
happenings  on  the  west  end,  and  hope  to  have  a 
write-up  of  the  entire  division  in  the  next  issue. 
I  earnestly  implore  all  brothers  to  send  me  what 
items  they  can  pick  up.  I  try  to  keep  in  touch 
with  all  the  happenings,  but  it  is  impossible,  and 
all  help  will  not  only  be  appreciated,  but  esteemed 
a  favor.    Just  mail  'em  to  Seneca. 

I  wish  all  members  would  read  again,  and  those 
who  have  not  would  read,  the  ^  article  by  our 
worthy  brother,  Cert.  238,  page  1881,  November 
Tblbgrapher,  entitled  "The  best  investment  I  ever 
made."     It  is  fiae  and  worthy  of  mention. 

Ceet.   1727. 

River  &  Cape  Division — 

Brothers,  we  should  get  together  and  appoint  a 
correspondent  for  this  division.  There  are  a  lot 
of  good  men  who  can  handle  it,  if  we  would  only 
ask  them  to  do  so.  Three  of  the  other  divisions 
were  represented  in  the  November  issue,  so  let 
us  see  if  we  can't  have  a  few  items  from  this 
division.  We  have  a  pretty  good-sized  bunch  of 
members,  and  we  should  wake  up  and  send  in  all 
the  items  we  can  to  the  local  chairman,  who  will 
see  that  they  are  published  if  you  get  them  to  him 
by  the  twentieth  of  the  month.  Another  thing — 
when  you  are  talking  to  a  non  show  him  that  it 
is  to  his  interest  to  join,  and  keep  after  him  until 
he  signs  up  and  gets  a  card. 

Menfro,  Bamhart,  Crystal  City,  Puxico,  Oran, 
Benton,  Osceola,  Bassett  and  Delta  were  on  bul- 
letin recently,  but  I  am  unable  to  say  who  bid 
them  in  except  Menfro  and  Oran,  which  were  se- 
cured by  Mr.  Youhg  and  Mr.  Luckman,  of  Delta 
and  Puxico.  We  should  keep  the  local  chairman 
advised  of  all  the  jobs  filled  on  bulletin,  so  he 
can  help  us  get  in  the  nons,  who  are  being  bene- 
fited by  our  schedule. 

Now,  let's  all  get  busy  and  see  that  we  have  a 
write-up  in  each  month's  issue  of  The  Telegra- 
pher. Talk  to  the  other  members  along  the  line 
about  this,  and  see  if  we  can't  arouse  more  inter- 
est in  the  Order  for  the  good  of  others,  as  well 
as  ourselves.  Cert.  2154. 

Baltimore  A  Ohio  R.  R. 

Wheeling  Division — 

Littleton,  W.  Va.,  December  20,  1913. 
To  All  Concerned: 

Bro.  J.  B.  Springer  having  resigned  en  account 
of  moving  to  New  Martinsville,  Bro.  H.  L. 
Clelland,  P.  O.  address  Kingmont,  Va.,  has  been 
appointed  L.  B.  of  A.  for  the  Eastern  District, 
Mannington  to  Winona,  inclusive. 

Bro.    Springer    leaves    but   one    "lonesome"    for 
his  successor  to  work  on,  which  is  hard  to  beat, 
but   Bro.    Clelland   is   equal   to   the   occasion,    and 
says  his  district  must  be  100  per  cent  strong. 
C.  L.  Allender,  Local  Chairman. 

Connellsvilie  Division — 

R.  E.  Sanders,  agent  Markleton,  called  home- 
on  account  of  the  serious  illness  of  his  father. 
We  hope  for  his  speedy  recovery.  He  was  relieved 
by  H.  E.  Shade. 

C.  G.  Gundrum,  third  **HK"  tower,  is  spending 
two  weeks*  vacation  with  parents  and  friends  at 
Beaver  Springs.  Pa.,  relieved  by  E.  T.  McMullen, 
of  Division  82. 

P.  P.  Hauger,  first  Rockwood,  accompanied  by 
his  wife,  visited  friends  in  Pittsburg  recently. 

E.  F.  Willis,  second  Hyndman,  while  on  a  three 
weeks'  vacation,  was  relieved  by  N.  M.  Harcle- 

G.  A.  McGarry  has  returned  and  is  doing  relief 
work  over  the  division. 

Wc  arc  glad  to  hear  Chas.  Brady  back  at  "HK'* 
tower  second,  after  several  weeks'  absence  on 
account  of  sickness. 

H.  C.  Dawson,  first  Markleton,  has  resumed 
duty,  after  an  illness  of  two  weeks  with  pleurisy. 

T.  Edwards,  second  Markleton,  is  on  vacation, 
relieved  by  O.  G.  Getty.  Div.  Cor. 


New  Castle  Division — 

We  would  like  to  see  ex-Local  Chairman  Bro. 
Purdy  at  our  next  meeting. 

Uncle  Biff  proposed  to  Aunt  Sophia  and  was 
accepted  for  better  or  worse.  Will  announce  date 
later.     Cigars,  Uncle. 

Mr.  Tardoflf  bid  in  West  Farmington,  and  it 
was  closed  December  15th  on  account  of  the  clos- 
ing of  lake  navigation.  Chardon  closed  latter  part 
of  December.  Snake  Division  did  the  heaviest 
business  this  year  ever  known  in  the  history  of 
the  B.  &  O. 

Lots  of  extra  men  on  hand  now. 

New  Castle  Jet.  first  is  up  for  bid.  Hope  some 
good  Order  man  secures  it. 

Remember  our  motto. 

Our  meeting  on  November  29th  was  well  at- 
tended, fourteen  being  present.  Glad  to  see  the 
boys  becoming  interested,  but  we  missed  Bro. 

Bro.  Sofroney,  with  the  steel  gang,  was  laid  off 
and  spent  Christmas  with  his  wife  and  her  parents 
in  Jersey  State. 

Mr.  Hennen,  who  has  resumed  on  second  "BD," 
promises  to  soon  take  out  a  card. 

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Our  local  chairman  is  now  in  the  chicken  "biz." 
His  intentions  afe  to  break  the  egg  trust. 

A  telegrapher  who  can  afford  to  have  a  horse 
and  buggy  should  be  honorable  enough  to  help  the 
organization  that  advanced  his  salary  and  enabled 
him  to  buy  them  by  joining  and  helping  to  pay 
its  expenses  or  be  made  to  understand  the  meaning 
of  "No  card,  no  favors.** 

Bro.  Green,  first  "WE,"  was  off  several  weeks. 

This  division  will  probably  be  equipped  with 
automatic  blocks  shortly. 

Akron  Jet.  is  a  one-trick  office  again. 

Your  correspondents  hope  that  all  will  live  up 
to  their  New  Year's  resolutions,  especially  "No 
card,  no  favors,"  and  each  of  us  strive  to  give 
our  chief  better  service. 

Make  it  your  business,  brothers,  to  see  that  your 
side  partners  have  an  up-to-date  card,  and  encour- 
age all  extra  men  to  secure  one. 

Unclb  Biff  and  Fiance. 

Baltimore  Division — 

Bro.  J.  M.  Line  landed  second  Germantown; 
Bro.  J.  W.  Crump,  Jr.,  second  Barnesville;  Bro. 
C  T.  Rogan,  second  Riverside,  and  R.  A.  Hunter, 
second  Silver  Springs,  on  bulletin.  Vacancies 
advertised:  Second  Bay  View,  Dickerson  and- 
East  Brunswick  third,  and  first  Mount  Airy. 

Bro.  E.  B.  Cunningham  and  E.  E.  Bowers  now 
have  the  relief  jobs. 

We  regret  exceedingly  the  loss  of  Bro.  Jesse 
Spurrier,  of  Mt.  Airy,  a  staunch  member  for  many 
years.  His  children  and  friends  have  our  deepest 

The  good  work  of  securing  the  nons  has  been 
very  satisfactory  on  this  division  during  1913. 
Let's  begin  the  new  year  with  reqewed  zeal  and 
do  as  well,  if  not  better,  during  1914. 

Each  member  should  forward  his  dues  promptly 
and  secure  a  new  card  at  once,  and  also  see  that 
the  nons  are  encouraged  to  do  likewise  and  get 
out  of  the  old  rut  they  have  been  traveling  in  so 
many  years. 

The  best  way  to  show  us  that  they  desire  to  be 
oar  friends  is  to  join  the  O.  R.  T.,  and  by  thus 
affiliating  with  us  help  to  upbuild  our  profession 
and  protect  themselves  and  their  loved  ones.  This 
should  appeal  to  them  as  a  duty,  if  presented  in 
the  proper  light,  and  they  should  be.  urged  to  take 
this  important  step  without  delay. 

Wish  you  all  and  your  dear  loved  ones  a  bright 
and  happy  New  Year. 

Geo.  W.  Crump,  Jr.,  Cert.  641. 


We  wish,  through  the  pages  of  the  Railroad 
Telegrapher,  to  thank  the  members  of  Division 
33,  O.  R.  T.,  for  their  kinds  words  of  sympathy 
and  beautiful  floral  offerings  at  the  time  of  our 
deep  sorrow — the  death  of  our  beloved  brother, 
J.  Mitchell  Hammersla. 

His  Sister, 
Miss  Nora  B.  Hammersla, 

North  Mountain,  W.  Va. 

Pere  Marquette  ,R.  R. 

Chicago  District — 

It  is  with  regret  that  we  announce  the  death 
on  December  15th  of  Bro.  James  E.  Bowerman, 
first  Michigan  City,  who  has  been  ill  for  several 
weeks.  He  was  laid  to  rest  December  18th  by 
members  of  the  Order  of  Railroad  Telegraphers 
and  the  K.  of  P.,  of  which  he  was  also  a  member. 
Those  acting  as  pall  bearers  for  the  telegraphers 
were  Bros.  F.  J.  Thrall,  of  Coloma;  L.  A.  Warren, 
of  New  Buffalo,  and  C.  Joslin,  of  Michigan  City. 

Bro.  Jacob,  of  Grand  Rapids,  who  had  been  in- 
structed to  forward  Bro.  Bowerman  a  bouquet, 
had  a  wreath  sent  instead  for  the  funeral,  which 
was  very  nice  in  design.  Mrs.  Bowerman  thanks 
the  boys  of  Division  39  for  their  kind  remem- 

Passes  were  requested  by  Bro.  Jacob  for  himself 
and  a  party  of  fifteen,  to  attend  the  services, 
through  Superintendent  Mulhern,  and  Mr.  Gor- 
don's office  furnished  them  promptly  and  cheer- 

The  brothers  who  attended  were:  A.  Jacob, 
Grand  Rapids;  L.  L.  WaUon,  Waverly;  J.  W.  Har- 
ris and  C.  L.  O'Brien,  New  Richmond;  S.  J. 
Bessey,  Grand  Junction;  H.  E.  Ward,  Bangor;  V. 
J.  Ryan  and  D.  V.  Quigley,  Hartford;  J.  E.  Green, 
Watervliet;  F.  J.  Thrall.  Coloma;  F.  M.  Ward, 
Bridgman;  L.  A.  Warren,  New  Buffalo;  Emerson 
Miller  and  L.  H.  House,  Porter,  and  W.  H.  Rutz 
and    C.   Joslin,   Michigan   City. 

Bro.  Bowerman  was  at  one  time  local  chairman 
of  the  Chicago  District  and  also  acted  as  past 
chief  telegrapher  in  the  division  room.  He  had 
many  friends  and  was  always  ready  to  take  the 
stand  for  his  fellow-man. 

Bro.  Rutz  is  on  first  Michigan  City  pending 
bulletin.  Hart  and  Sawyer  are  also  pending  bulle- 
tin, and  there  are  many  other  changes  too  numer- 
ous to  mention,  more  or  less  only  temporary. 

Our  committee  has  been  in  Detroit  several  times 
in  the  pa^  two  months  giving  the  court  their  evi>' 
dence  in  our  negotiations  for  a  new  schedule, 
which   we   hope   will   soon   be   forthcoming. 

Don't  forget  that  united  we  stand  and  divided 
we  fall,  so  brethren  pay  up  your  dues  and  don't 
let   them   linger   along. 

It  is  now  Bro.  E.  W.  Issacson  at  Zeeland,  Mich., 
and  we  trust  that  the  few  remaining  nons  will  start 
the  year  right  by  dropping  in  line.        Cert.  499. 


Whereas,  Our  heavenly  Father,  in  His  infinite 
wisdom  and  goodness,  has  deemed  it  best  to  call  to 
the  great  btyond  our  esteemed  brother,  Jamts  £. 
Bowerman,  and  we  bow  in  humble  submission  to 
the  will  of  Him  who  doeth  all  things  well,  and 

Whereas,  We  realize  that  in  the  death  of  Bro. 
Bowerman  we  have  lost  a  true  and  loyal  brother; 
therefore,  in  manifestation  of  our  sorrow  and  fra- 
ternal sympathy,  be  it 

Resolved,  That  we,  the  members  of  the  Pere 
Marquette  Division  No.  39,  extend  to  the  sorrow- 
ing relatives  our  sincere  and  heartfelt  sympathy  in 

uigitizea  Dy  vj  v/OQlC 


The  Railroad  Telegrapher. 

this    sad    hour    a(    their   bereavement,    and    be    it 


Resolved,  That  a  copy   of   these   resolutions   be 

forwarded  to  the  bereaved   family,  a  copy  spread 

upon  the  minutes  of  this  Order,  and  a  copy  sent 

to  Tub  Telbgraphbr  for  publication. 

Clakk    Joslin, 
L.  A.  Warken,- 
F.  J.  Thrall, 


Chesapeake  A  Ohio  Ry. 

Indiana  Division,  C.  &  O.  Lines — 

Bro.  F.  M.  Peoples,  assistant  chairman,  was 
relieved  by  C  S.  Smith,  on  vacation.  He  expects 
to  have  his  district  solid  Chicago  to  Jonesboro. 

Bro.  L.  H.  Warvel,  Beatrice  nights,  assigned  to 
Fowlerton  first,  relieved  by  Mr.  Smith. 

Dispatchers  E.  C.  Murphy  and  T.  M.  Minor  re- 
lieved by  Extra  Dispatcher  W.  R.  Eckard. 

Bro.  M.  G.  Dancy,  resigned,  is  now  in  the  L.  E. 
&  W.  dispatcher's  office  at  Peru. 

Bro.  M.  D.  Wood,  of  Fowlerton  first,  assigned 
to  Richmond  third,  relieved  by  Bro.  Geo.  Shanklin. 

Bro.  R.  F.  McKinley,  a  new  man  from  Division 
151,  extra  at  "DR"  tower  and  third  Fernold. 
Bro.  Hammer,  from  latter  position,  assigned  to 
second  "DR"  tower. 

Bro.  O.  D.  Lamm  assigned  to  Brighton  third. 
L.  H.  Sullivan  bid  in  Sweetser  agency,  relieved 
at  Okeana  by  F.  H.  Littell,  later  regularly  assigned 

Mrs.  J.  J.  Wooley  bid  in  second  Peoria. 

Business  is  very  good  at  present  on  account 
of  traffic  being  diverted  to  this  line  from  other 
roads  diverging  from  Cincinnati  account  of  yard 
congestion.  Several  second  and  third  tricks  put 
on  and  Medford  or  Henry  may  be  made  a  three- 
trick  job. 

Bro.  J.  F.  Burke  is  at  Bath  agency  pending  its 
assignment.  ^ 

The  Grand  Trunk  boys  received  a  good  increase 
in  pay  by  the  efforts  of  the  members.  We  had 
better  get  "25"  or  we  will  shortly  be  the  lowest 
paid  telegraphers  in  this  territory.  Let  us  pay 
up  our  dues  promptly.  Get  in  the  nons  and  back 
up  our  committee  to  the  finish. 

G.  L.   Freed,   Div.   Cor. 

Erie  R.  R. 

Cincinnati  Division —  # 

It  is  with  deep  regret  that  we  chronicle  the 
death  of  two  of  our  most  devoted  members,  Bro. 
I.  H.  Lutz,  of  Ashland,  Ohio,  and  Bro.  F.  L.  Lary, 
of  firoadway,  Ohio,  both  of  whom  passed  away 
on  the  morning  of  December  19th.  Bro.  Lutz  had 
been  sick  for  some  time,  but  it  was  not  thought 
serious  until  he  took  a  sudden  turn  for  the  worse. 
Bro.  Lutz  was  a  good  worker  and  it  was  the 
height  of  his  ambition  to  see  the  Order  prosper. 
Bro.  Lary,  who  was  sick  but  one  day,  was  a  firm 
believer  in  organization  and  always  ready  to  do 
his  share  of  the  work.  His  three  sons  are  all 
knights  of  the  key  and  he  was  proud  to  know  that 

all- three  were  good  union  men.  What  is  our  loss 
is  heaven's  gain.  Bro.  Lary  worked  over  thirty- 
nine  years  for  the  Erie,  being  sixty-one  years  of 
age.  He  had  many  friends  on  the  road  and  in 
the  community  in  which  he  lived.         Cert.  20. 


Whereas,  It  has  pleased  Almighty  God,  in  His 
infinite  wisdom,  to  call  home  our  beloved  brother, 
F.  L.  La^ir,  and 

Whereas,  Fully  realizing  our  great  loss,  we  feel 
unable  to  express  in  words  our  heartfelt  sympathy; 
therefore  be  it 

Resolved,  That  the  members  of  the  Cincinnati 
Division  of  Erie  System,  Division  42,  humbly  sub- 
mit to  the  power  over  which  we  have  no  control, 
and  extend  to  Mrs.  Lary  and  three  sons,  Bros. 
Clyde,  Clare  and  Cecil,  our  sincere  sympathy,  and 
be  it  further 

Resolved,   That  a   copy   of  these   resolutions  be 
forwarded  to  Mrs.  Lary  and  her  three  sons,  a  copy    • 
spread  on  the  minutes  of  the  division,  and  a  copy 
be  sent  to  The  Railroad  Telegrapher  for  pub- 
lication. W.    H.    HUSTED, 
.  J.  B.  Crawford, 

H.    L.    LlEBHART, 


Mahoning   Division — 

Jones,  off  account  sickness,  relieved  by  Copier 

Miss  Emma  Fugman  visiting  relatives  at  Lea- 
vittsburg  and  Kent,  Ohio. 

Owens  off,  relieved  by  Lacy,  second. 

W.  H.  Husted,  general  chairman,  was  a  recent 
visitor  in  Youngstown  and  Meadville.  Several 
of  the  boys  called  on  him  while  in  Youngstown. 

Local  Chairman  Fenstermaker  ate  his  Thanks- 
giving dinner  in  Nevrton  Falls. 

Marshall  is  in  an  offlce  by  himself  now,  the 
general  yardmaster's  office  being  too  crowded. 

"MA"  tower  closed  for  winter;  this  puts  Yoder 
on  second  at  "MX"  and  Swartz  on  second  at  "G." 

Bacon  is  on  his  honeymoon,  visiting  points  of 
interest  in  Detroit  and  Canada. 

Miss  Ethel  Wilcox  was  a  Cleveland  visitor  dur- 
ing the  holidays. 

Carless  off,  relieved  by  Weigle,  extra. 

Daily,  off  a  few  days,  was  relieved  by  Extra 

Marvin  off  sick,  telegraph  office  closed  and  clerk 

The  many  friends  of  Dick  Noble  are  glad  that 
he  is  improving  and  will  soon  be  back  on  the  job. 

C.  W.  Weimer  is  now  with  the  Standard  Oil 
Co.  at  Cleveland. 

G.  N.  Grimm  has  gone  into  the  chicken  business, 
having  recently  purchased  some  blooded  stock  at 
a   poultry   show. 

"YO"  office  is  being  rewired  to  comply  with 
the   State  fire  chief's  orders. 

W.  W.  Marshal  and  friend  called  on  friends 
at  Warren,  Ohio,  recently. 

The  Erie  expects  to  depress  the  tracks  through 
the  city  of  Youngstown  about  the  first  of  the 

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Miss  Blancbard,  Heckman,  and  Henry»  from 
"HP*  dispatcher's  ofl&ce,  visited  the  Park  Theater 
at  Youngstown  recently. 

H.  M.  Detrick  was  married  Thanksgiving  day. 

Third  "JU"  closed  several  times  lately  on 
account  of  the  shortage  of  operators. 

Understand  that  the  automatic  block  signals 
will  be  working  between  Leavittsburg  and  Pyma- 
tuning  about  the  middle  of  January.  This  will 
probably  close  a  few  towers  and  start  the  bump- 
ing process. 

Sharon  freight  office  closed  as  a  telegraph  office, 
Detrick  going  to  "SQ"  first  and  Buck  Riley  to 
second  "WH."  "Bill  Sykbs." 

Sex»  York  Division — 

Bro.  Sweeney  is  back  on  second  44  "JY,"  and 
Bro.  Nat  McGrady  is  back  at  "SJ." 

Bro.  Clifford,  of  Tuxedo,  is  now  at  Arden  feed- 
ing Mrs.   Harriman*s  bears. 

If  we  had  the  actual  financial  support  of  the 
nons  instead  of  their  doubtful  moral  support,  re- 
sults would  be  vastly  different  when  our  com- 
mittee goes  in.  A  "moral"  coward  is  in  many 
respects  worse  than  a  "physical'*  coward. 

Mr.  Rielly  bid  in  second  "GB."  Patsy  and  the 
sheriff  should  get  busy  on  him  now,  so  we  can 
call  him  brother. 

Bro.  Roach  back  again,  and  is  covering  third 
"JD,"  until  advertised.     " 

There  is  a  new  man  on  third  "MQ";  no  excuse 
for  him  not  hearing  the  gospel  with  two  brothers 
there.  We  should  all  try  to  make  this  division 
solid,  A  little  co-operation  on  the  part  q(  every- 
one, "one  new  member  apiece,"  talk  organization 
whenever  the  opportunity  presents  itself,  and  the 
gain  will  more  than  repay  us  for  the  efforts  we 

Bro.  W.  A.  McNamara  bid  in  third  "NJ,"  and 
Fro.   Albert  Stevens  third  "JD." 

Bro.  McGrady  was  relieved  while  absent  by 
C  F.   Barley,  on   second   "SJ." 

Bro.  Pitketly.  third  "SJ,"  off  a  few  days,  was 
relieved  by  Mr.  Noon  an. 

Several  new  members  taken  in  during  Decem- 
ber and  several  asking  for  application  blanks. 
Lcoks  as  if  we  are  going  to  start  th?^  new  year 
right.     Keep   the   good   work  going,   brothers. 

Bro.  Lorden  is  back  again  after  a  siege  with 
asthma.     He  was  relieved  by  Bro.  A.  A.  Donnelly. 

Any  member  who  has  not  secured  a  book  of  the 
new  schedule  write  Bro.  Coleman  and  get  one. 

Dispatcher  Smith  was  recently  disqualified  as  a 
train  dispatcher.  If  he,  as  well  as  some  others, 
had  remained  in  the  Order,  our  committee  could 
have  taken  up  their  cases  and  adjusted  them. 
Such  treatment  should  awaken  them  to  the  fact 
that  they  need  the  protection  of  the  Order  at 
least  as  long  as  they  remain  in  the  business. 

The  regular  meeting  at  Jersey  City  Monday 
evening,  December  15th,  was  very  well  attended 
and  some  very  inte^'esting  business  disposed  of. 
This  IS  the  place,  brothers,  to  bring  your  troubles 
and  have  them  threshed  out  and  put  through 
the  proper  channels  to  get  results.     Some  of  the 

boys  living  right  in  Jersey  City,  however*  do  not 
attend  the  meetings,  while  the  boys  out  on  the 
G.  L.  and  other  side  lines  and  from  thirty  miles 
out  on  the  main  line  come  regularly  and  keep 
posted  on  what  is  going  on. 

The  morning  and  night  meeting  called  for 
Suffem  recently  to  give  the  boys  west  of  there 
a  chance  to  attend,  bad  to  be  postponed  owing 
to  our  inability  to  get  a  suitable  room.  Date  and 
time  to  suit  all  concerned  will  be  arranged  for 
after  New  Years,  when  we  hope  to  have  it  on  a 
Saturday  to  get  the  boys  home  on  Train  51. 
Watch  for  the  notice  and  bring  all  you  can  with 

A  90- foot  electric  turntable  is  being  erected 
at  "SF";  understand  when  completed  the  "K4" 
engines  will  be  put  on  some  of  the  "SF"  locals. 

Brothers,  if  you  have  any  complaints  to  make 
of  any  kind  whatever  come  to  the  lodge  room 
and  make  them  known  and  cut  out  the  "hot  air*' 
on  the  outside.  There  are  many  matters  of 
moment  requiring  our  earnest  attention. 

Thanks  to  the  brothers  who  sent  me  items. 
Someone  do  likewise  on  the  side  lines  and  west 
of  "GB,"  so  we  can  have  a  complete  line-up  each 

Here's  to  a  happy  New  Year  to  all,  hoping 
1914  will  be  a  banner  year  and  will  see  us  solid 
New  York  to  Chicago. 

Cbrt.  85,  Div.  Cor. 

Canadian   Northern   Ry. 

Thirteen  new  members  received  into  Division  43 
in     November,    ten    by    initiation    and    three    by 
G.  H.  Palmss, 
General  Secretary  and  Treasuter, 


First  District  Western  Division — 

The  heavy  movement  of  grain  is  about  over 
for  this  year,  and  a  record  was  established  for 
rapid  movement  of  the  largest  crop  in  the  history 
of  the  Canadian  Northwest,  and  the  successful 
movement  of  this  enormous  supply  of  grain  for 
the  world  was  largely  'due  to  the  good  work  of 
the  telegraphers. 

Quite  a  number  of  changes  in  dispatching  office 
at  Dauphin,  Bros.  Roberts  and  Davies  securing 
first  and  second  tricks  on  branch  lines  at  Ed- 
monton, and  Bros.  W.  G.  Robinson  and  F.  Mus- 
grave  securing  second  and  third  tricks  main  line 
at  Dauphin.  Bro.  E.  G.  Delano  still  holds  the 
night  ticket  agency  at  Dauphin,  and  may  he  long 
remain  in  that  position  which  he  fills  so  capably 
and  to  the  great  satisfaction  of  the  traveling 

Bro.  J.  D.  Murphy  bid  in  Bowsman,  Bro.  C 
Edling  Wadena  and  Bro.  W.  Humphries  In- 

Bro.  L.  S.  Parkinson,  on  the  relief  job,  is 
anxiously  waiting  for  some  one  to  leave  a  real 
good  station  and  give  him  a  chance  to  settle  down 
and  enjoy  the  comforts  of  home  life. 

A  very  happy  event,  in  which  a  former  dis- 
patcher at  Dauphin  was  a  leading  actor,  took 
place   on   Christmas  day,   and   I   think  his   plunge 

uigitizea  Dy  \^j\j\jp^L\^ 


The  Railroad  Telegrapher. 

into  the  troubled  sea  of  matrimony  will  encourage 
one  or  two  more  of  his  friends  in  our  ranks  to 
make  the  same  jump  in  the  near  future.  They 
will  all  have  our  very  best  wishes. 

Cert.  52. 

Western   Division,   Second  District — 

We  are  glad  that  B^o.  Talmey  is  able  to  be 
back  at  work  again,  after  being  off  some  time  on 
account  of  getting  badly  burned. 

Bros.  Bryce  and  Hurley  are  busy  raising  poul- 
try on  their  farms. 

Bro.  Baker,  Duck  Lake,  was  off  for  a  few  days* 
rest  recently. 

Mr.  Bedard,  Marclin,  and  our  old  pal,  Armi- 
tage  at  Blaine  Lake,  are  still  without  a  card. 
Get  busy,  boys. 

It  will  soon  be  Bro.  Braithwaite  at  Leask. 

There  have  been  so  many  changes  lately  that  it 
is  laard  to  keep  track  of  all  of  them.  Several 
new  agencies  opened  recently. 

Bro.  Otto  Higgins  secured  second  trick  dis- 
patcher's position  at  Saskatoon  and  Bro.  Dineen 
the  relief  job.  These  vacancies  were  caused  by 
Bro.  Hurd  stepping  into  the  chief's  chair,  our 
late  chief  having  taken  the  trainmaster's  position 
on  Third  District. 

Bro.  Wolf,  of  Craik,  secured  Polwarth  station, 
but  after  looking  it  over  decided  not  to  make  the 

Bro.  J.  D.  Healy  bid  in  Hanley  station  and 
Bro.  Memzies  secured  Bcthune,  and  Chinook  and 
Cereal  Alta  agencies  and  first  and  second  tricks 
branch  line  positions  at  Edmonton,  are  on  bul- 

The  fine  weather  this  fall  has  helped  the 
empties  situation  and  there  will  be  very  liltle 
grain  to  move  after  this  month,  with  the  ex- 
ception of  what  the  elevators  are  holding  in  store, 
until  navigation  opens  in  the  spring. 

We  had  a  very  successful  meeting  at  d&ska- 
toon  the  last  Sunday  in  November,  eighteen  being 

Bro.  Hall  was  the  only  one  who  sent  me  any 
notes  this  month.     Buck  up,  boys. 

Cert.    IH. 

Western  Division,  Third  District — 

We  are  solid  and  like  to  have  a  good  write-up 
every  month,  therefore  send  us  your  notes  not 
later  than  the  20th,  so  we  can  get  them  in  before 
the  28th.     Call   "FD,"   who   will   handle  them. 

Bro.  H.  Bennett  is  relieving  Bro.  Waterfield, 
agent  at  Islay,  on  a  trip  East. 

Bro.  Stephen,  a  new  man  from  the  Penna., 
at  Fort  Saskatchewan  nights,  will  transfer  to  this 
division;    also    Bro.    Hamilton,    Humbolt    nights. 

Langham  days  closed,  Bro.  McArthur  going  to 
Chipman  agency  pending  regular  appointment, 
vice  Bro.  Foss  resigned.  Good  luck  to  him  wher- 
ever he  may  go.  He  is  a  good  man  whom  we 
bated  to  part  with. 

Bro.  Potts,  from  the  East,  relieved  Bro.  Fizcr, 
Lashburn  nights,  gone  to  Paynton  agency,  vice  Bro. 
Carter,  called  East  on  account  oi  sickness. 

North  Battle'ford  is  now,  solid,  Bro.  Shaw  first 
Bethune,  from  third,  recently  appointed  to  second, 
and  Harrington  on  third  pending  bulletin,  with 
Bro.   Douglas  as  agent. 

Bro.  Strong  got  Big  Valley  nights  and  Bro. 
Given  the  agency  on  bid.  Bro.  Morgan,  from 
Lloydminster,  went  to  Munson  days,  a  new 
position  just  opened. 

Bro.  O'Farrell,  second  "MO"  Edmonton,  to 
Quebec  on  holidays.  Don't  know  whether  "Mike" 
intends  to  bring  her  West  or  not.  Bro.  Ashby, 
agent  Red  Willow,  also  on  a  trip  East,  relieved 
by  Bro.  Laroy. 

Bro.  Hicks  has  Cardiff  mines  agency,  a  tem- 
porary position  recently  opened. 

Mr.  Bruce,  at  Waseca  agency  pending  bulletin, 
promises  to  come  in  soon. 

Chipman  and  Waseca  agencies.  Big  Valley  days, 
third  North  Battleford  and  first  trick  dispatcher 
branch  lines,  now  open  for  bids,  are  first-class 
positions  for  some  of  our  good  brothers  to  land. 

Bro.  Healey,  relief  agent,  on  two  months*  vaca- 
tion to  Ottawa,  will  likely  take  in  "Lover's  Lane" 
and  "Major  Hill  Park"  while  in  that  city. 

Bro.  Elliott,  froip  "MO"'  Edmonton,  to  Vcgre- 
ville  days,  Bro.  Brenton  nights.  Mr.  Matthews, 
the  agent  there,  won't  listen  to  reason. 

Bro.  McConnell,  agent  Langham,  gave  a  big 
spread  in  honor  of  Bro.  McArthur  before  he  left 
there  to  relieve  the  agent  at  Chipman.  Our 
worthy  Bro.  Stenenson  was  there  with  a  big 
speech.  r 

Can  now  call  Agent  C.  H.  Elger,  at  Edam, 
brother,   which   makes    Sturgeon    River   Sub  solid. 

Ujidcrstand  Bro.  Smith,  agent  Laird,  has 
squared  it  with  his  lady  friend  from  Radisson,  and 
that  wedding  bells  will  soon  ring;  also  that  Bro. 
Sherman,  Radisson  days,  will  also  take  one  of 
the  Radisson  girls.  Better  msTke  it  a  double  wed- 
ding, boys.  j 

Bro.  T.  Davis  and  Bro.  G.  A.  Roberts  bid  in 
first  and  second  dispatcher  tricks,  branch  lines, 
out  of  Edmonton.  Bro.  Francisco,  dispatcher 
third  hours  "DK,"  on  holidays,  relieved  by  Bro. 
Roberts,  first  branch,  and  he  by  Bro.  P.  J.  Moi^ 
gan.  Certs.  950  and  986. 

Dauphin   Section — 

A  very  enthusiastic  meeting  was  held  at  Canora 
on  November  23d.  There  were  some  very  interest- 
ing discussions,  everyone  taking  part,  showing 
they  were  alive  to  the  interests  of  the  O.  R.  T. 
There  were  but  few  grievances,  which  the  chair- 
man has  been  requested  to  take  up  with  the  gen- 
eral committee  at  its  next  meeting.  Bro.  McLeod 
made  all  the  necessary  arrangements  for  the  boys 
at  the  hotel  and  for  the  holding  of  the  meeting  and 
saw  that  none  wanted  for  anything,  not  even  a 
cigar.  The  hospitality  shown  the  boys  will  be  well 
remembered,  and  all  join  in  hoping  the  time  will 

uigitizea  Dy ' 


The  Railroad  Telegrapher. 


not  be  long  until    wc   can   hold  «nothier   meeting 

The  following  members  were  present:  Bros. 
Brovnridge,  Clouticr,  JefFerys  (lineman),  O'Far- 
rell,  McLcod,  Butler,  Ross,  Murphy,  Keays  and 
Vasbindcr,  also  E.  Kurtz,  agent  G.  T.  P.,  Canora. 
It  was  decided  that  the  next  meeting  would  be 
held  at  Dauphin  in  January,  date  to  be  announced 

Did  you  notice  the  turnout  from  Dauphin  to 
the  meeting  of  the  O.  R.  T.  at  Canora,  Novem- 
ber 23d?  These  C.  N.  R.  passenger  trains  will 
not  wait  for  anyone,  not  even  the  dispatchers. 

Some  of  the  O.  R.  T.  boys  should  be  *on  the 
suge  singing,  others  should  be  public  speakers, 
instead  of  operators. 

Bros,  T.  Davics  and  G.  A.  Roberts  have  gone 
to  Edmonton  to  take  first  and  second  on  the 
branches  at  that  point.  Their  tricks  on  the  main 
line  at  Dauphin  filled  by  Bro.  Buchanan,  second, 
and  Bro.  Musgrave  third. 

Bro.  J.  D.  Murphy  got  Bowsman  on  bid,  re- 
lieved temporarily  by  Bro.  L.  S.  Parkinson,  who 
by  the  way  is  not  married  yet. 

Bro.  McPhedrain,  of  Ethelbert,  who  had  such 
a  severe  attack  of  rheumatism  lately,  has,  we  are 
glad  to  say,  recovered. 

Bro.  J.  J.  Martin  and  Bro.  Hunter  are  handling 
the  north  lines  now. 

Bro.  Craven,  from  Swan  River,  is  expected  to 
spend  Sunday  here  shortly  and  his  arrival  is  anx- 
iously awaited  at  a  certain  house  two  blocks  south 
of  Main  street. 

There  arc  a  lot  of  trains  moving  now  owing  to 
the  few  night  ofiices  open.  We  must  stay  awake, 
boys,  and  give  the  dispatchers  good  service,  so 
as  to  make  the  best  of  the  facilities  we  have. 

A  debating  society  has  been  organized  among 
the  railway  boys  at  Dauphin,  and  quite  a  few 
heated  discussions  have  already  taken  place,  espe- 
cially when  a  certain  party  forgets  his  piece  and 
is  accused  by  Bro.  Palmer  of  communing  with 
the  spirit  world. 

Bros.  Eddy  and  Shepherd  were  obliged  to  double 
a  few  days  recently  at  "DA,"  on  account  of  the 
shortage   of  men. 

Bro.  Cloutier,  at  Kamsack,  contemplates  a  trip 
to  Dauphin  at  this  time  during  the  holidays.  This 
will  give  the  rest  of  the  boys  on  the  line  an  idea 
of  what  the  Dauphin  girls  are  like.  By  the  time 
this  meets  your  eye  Bro.  G.  A.  Roberts  will  have 
been  here  all  the  way  from  Edmonton  and  cap- 
tured one  of  them,  and  we  understand  Bro.  Hun- 
ter lost  his  heart  to  the  girl  in  the  bake  shop  at 
Swan  River  the  time  of  the  meeting  up  there. 

If  any  of  the  brothers  happen  to  pass  either 
Bros.  Buchanan,  Palmer  or  the  chief's  house  and 
bear  any  loud  talking,  they  in  all  likelihood  are 
not  abusing  their  wives,  but  merely  practicing  for 
the  weekly  debate. 

Hope  to  see  you  all  boys,  at  the  next  meeting 
loon  to  be  held  at   Dauphin. 

F.  M.,  Div.  Cor.,  Cert.  574. 

Central  of  Georgia  Ry. 

Atlanta  District — 

The  last  quarterly  meeting  in  Macon  was  pretty 
well  attended,  but  several  who  could  have  been 
there  were  conspicuous  by  their  absence.  We 
hope  to  see  the  "exiles"  at  the  January  meeting, 
as  there  are  many  important  matters  coming  up 
at  these  meetings  that  are  of  interest  to  all. 

It  is  now  Bro.  C.  P.  Hutchings,  second  Irving, 
and  the  same  desirable  title  also  applies  to  Carter, 
on  third  there. 

Mr.  Brady,  third  Jonesboro,  a  newcomer,  prom- 
ises to  join  in  the  near  future.  We  are  glad  to 
have  those  who  served  so  faithfully  on  the  extra 

We  are  pleased  to  note  that  Sister  Margaret  L. 
Frier  is  back  on  first  Forsyth,  after  considerable 

Bro.  O.  S.  Travis,  first  Belt  Line  Jet.,  on  a  trip 
to  Birmingham,  where  he  seems  to  have  some- 
thing tied  out,  was  relieved  by  Bro.  Ansley,  and 
he  by  Bro.  Fennell  at  Whitehall  street.  Bro. 
Pyron.  second  Whitehall  street,  is  learning  the 
interlocking  plants  at  Belt  Line  and  East  Point, 
so  he  may  pick  up  extra  work.  We  are  glad  to 
see  this,  as  we  have  been  without  an  extra  man 
at  Eist  Point  for  a  generation,  and  the  only  way 
to  get  off  was  to  die  or  get  very  sick. 

Don't  get  frightened.  The  noted  call  "V"  at 
night  is  just  some  of  the  new  "buggers"  getting 
some  main-line  practice,  so  get  your  old  No.  6 
and  add  a  little  to  the  wakeful  melody  (?). 

The  other  night  some  good  brother,  who  acci- 
dentally let  onfe  of  his  "muley  cows"  mount  the 
rear  of  the  South  Atlantic  Limited,  found  that  he 
had  broken  his  neck  while  dismounting  at  a  cer- 
tain station  not  very  far  west  of  Macon,  to  grab 
a  "noted  non."     We  all  join  in  sympathy. 

Congratulations  to  Bro.  Pope,  Forest  Park,  and 
Bro.  Hill,  Belt  Line  Jet.  We  are  trying  our  best 
not  to  be  envious,  and  hope  their  having  turned 
benedicts  right  against  our  strong  advice  may  not 
bring  them  to  grief.  Cert.  48 L 

Southwestern  Division — 

Business  is  good,  plenty  of  extra  operators,  and 
not  many  changes  taking  place  along  this  division. 

We  are  glad  to  learn  that  Bro.  Morgan,  who 
has  been  in  the  hospital  for  several  weeks,  is  im- 
proving and  will  soon  be  with  us  again.  J.  M. 
Harrell,  from  the  W.  U.,  relieving  him  on  third 
Terra  Cotta,  promises  to  come  in  pay-day.  Bro. 
Treadwell,  first  Terra  Cotta,  visiting  relatives  at 
Clarksville,  is  being  relieved  by  Bro.  Rowell,  extra. 

Bro.  Holland,  second  Rutland,  spent  several 
days  hunting  and  fishing  with  his  father  recently, 
relieved  by  ex-Bro.  J.  N.  Jackson,  who  will  soon 
be  with  us. 

Bro.  J.  Hamilton,  from  the  Grand,  who  relieved 
at  Echcconnee  several  weeks,  is  now  with  the  G.  G. 
&  F.  at  Cordele. 

Bro.  Fuller,  third  Fort  Valley,  is  on  the  Perry 
agency  pending  bulletin,  relieved  by  Bro.  Bigbie, 

Bro.  and  Sister  Mathis,  agent  and  first  Paschal, 
are  on  vacation,  relieved  by  B.   C.  Adams  and  J. 

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N.  Jackson.  Mr.  Adams  is  now  farming  near 
Paschal,  but  we  hope  he  will  renew  hit  member- 
ship while  doing  relief  work. 

'Sister  Lamar  is  relieving  Sister  King  at  Butler 
for  a  few  weeks. 

Bro.  Ellis,  ticket  agent  Americus,  has  resumed 
work,  after  spending  several  days  in  New  York. 

We  regret  to  learn  that  Bro.  Harden,  agent 
Oglethorpe,  is  away  on  account  of  sickness. 

Bro.  Morrison,  of  Brownswood,  made  a  flying 
business  trip  to  Macon  recently. 

Bros.  Slappy  and  Anderson,  of  Albany,  were 
on  the  sick  list  recently,  and  Bro.  Vestal  is  visit- 
ing relatives  in  Mobile.  ^ 

The  meeting  held  in  Macon  recently  was  not 
as  well  attended  as  it  should  have  been.  How- 
ever, those  present  had  a  very  enjoyable  time,  and 
a  good  deal  of  business  was  gone  over.  Nearly 
400  notices  were  mailed,  but  when  tl^e  meeting 
was  called  to  order  there  were  less  than  30  present. 

Another  general  meeting  will  be  held  there  in 
January.  Matters  of  importance  to  all  will  be  dis- 
cussed, and  all  that  can  possibly  do  so  should 

There  are  several  nons  left  on  this  division  that 
we  will  have  to  carry  over  to  the  new  year.  I 
wish  space  would  permit  the  excuses  furnished  by 
one  of  these  men  in  the  last  twelve  months.  AH 
of  us  would  lean  back  and  laugh.  At  the  same 
time  we  wonder  how  men  with  the  brass  and 
nerve  they  possess  manage  to  be  contented  with  a 
small  railroad  job. 

M.  M.  Gilbert,  second  Terra  CotU,  has  not  had 
a  card  for  several  terms.  However,  we  hope  he 
will  begin  the  new  year  up  to  date.  I  hope  to 
be  able  to  print  the  names  of  the  three  or  four 
remaining  nons  in  next  month's  Tblsgraphsr  as 
members.  Div.  Cox. 

Denver  A  Rio  Grande  R.  R. 

Green  River  Division  East — 

Mr.  Stone,  helper  second,  has  gone  back  to 
Arkansas,  relieved  by  Mr.  Moore,  irom  Green 
River,  who  will  be  with  us  next  month. 

Mr.  Knox,  from  the  S.  P.,  is  the  new  man  on 
third  Price. 

Bro.  Brown,  second  trick  dispatcher,  has  re- 
turned to  Green  River  second,  vice  Mr.  Moore. 

Bro.  Johnson,  Mounds;  Bro.  Severson.  West- 
water,  and  Bro.  Wilson,  Woodside,  are  all  on  vaca- 
tion for  the  holidays. 

New  men  at  Woodside,  Mounds  and  Price. 

Mr.  Imhoff  back  to  third  Fruita,  vice  Martin 
on  second,  Thompsons  and  Cunningham  on  third. 
Bro.  Cantley  resigned;  gone  back  to  Denver. 

Bro.  Blyth  on  agency  Westwater  during  Sever- 
son's  absence. 

Mr.  Grubbs,  Fruita,  bid  in  Sunnyside  cashier- 
ship,  vice  Mr.  Norgard,  resigned. 

Lots  of  "boomer"  operators  passing  over  the 
division  now.  There  doesn't  seem  to  be  a  very 
great  demand  for  them  West  the  last  few  months. 
Better  hold  that  little  job  of  yours,  boys. 

Wish  you  all  a  happy  new  year.  "Q." 

Southern  Pacific  R.  R. 

O.  R.  T.  Headquarters, 

Southern  Pacific  Division  No.  53. 

Hotel  Argonaut. 

San  Francisco,  Cal.,   Dec.  2,   1913. 

All  the  local  chairmen,  correspondents  and  mem- 
bers who  were  thoughtful  and  kind  enough  to 
contribute  toward  a  write-up  in  the  November 
Tblegraphbr,  that  old  Southern  Pacific  Division 
No.  53  might  be  properly  represented,  are  surely 
to  be  praised  and  congratulated. 

Boys,  I  surely  want  you  to  know  that  I  am 
exceedingly  proud  of  you.  I  have  gone  through 
the  November  number  carefully,  and,  throwing  all 
prejudice  aside,  I  find  that  no  division  has  ex- 
celled or  outranked  the  old  S.  P.  boys  in  the 
extent  of  their  write-ups  or  in  the  excellency  of 
their  work.  However,  I  regret  that  four  districts 
out  of  fifteen  were  not  represented,  but  I  feel 
confident  that  the  boys  on  these  districts  will  take  ^ 
new  interest  in  their  work;  that  the  splendid 
work  of  the  boys  on  other  parts  of  the  system  will 
-be  a  stimulus  to  them,  and  that  they  will  see  to 
it  that  no  part  of  the  old  Southern  Pacific,  from 
Portland  and  Ogden  to  New  Orleans,  will  be 
without  proper  representation  in  the  oflficial  journal 
in  the  future. 

There  are  many  of  you  who  deserve  partkular 
mention  for  the  splendid  work  you  have  done, 
but,  for  want  of  space,  I  shall  withhold  personal 
or  individual  compliment,  knowing  that  those  who 
lend  themselves  so  unselfishly  to  the  woilc  of 
humanity  are  well  content  in  the  satisfaction  of 
knowing  that  they  have  done  their  best  without 
money,  without  price,  and  without  the  hope  of 
material  reward. 

Since  being  advanced  from  local  chairman  of 
the  Coast  Division  to  general  chairman,  at  the 
resignation  of  Bro.  Lester  last  January,  this  is 
the  first  opportunity  I  have  had  to  speak  to  you 
through  the  pages  of  our  Tblkcraphbs,  while  you 
have  received  a  number  of  circulars  from  me  in 
that  time. 

With  the  splendid  assistance  of  Bro.  E.  J.  Man- 
ion,  fifth  vice-president,  your  general  committee 
was  enabled,  after  many  weeks  of  negotiation,  to 
secure  for  you  a  splendid  working  agreement, 
with  shorter  hours  and  a  handsome  increase  in 
wages,  and  it  goes  without  saying  that  you  will 
now  do  all  possible  to  render  good  and  faithful 
service  to  the  Southern  Pacific  Company  and  to 
assist  your  local  committee  in  rounding  up  the 
noti-members,  helping  to  impress  upon  them  the 
importance  of  thorough  organization  and  unselfish 
loyalty  to  the  members  of  their  craft. 

It  should  be  our  endeavor  to  make  the  O.  R.  T. 
on  the  S.  P.  not  only  the  strongest  labor  union  in 
the  railroad  world,  but  also  one  of  the  staunchest 
fraternal  orders  in  the  world.  Fraternity  should 
mean  as  much  to  us  as  to  any  other  organization 
with   "fraternity"  engraved  upon  its  banners. 

I  am  very  proud  to  bear  membership  in  three 
other  fraternal  orders  as  good  as  the  best,  but 
none  can  take  precedence  over  the  O.  R.  T.,  which 
has  meant  so  mucK  to  myself  and  family  in  shorter 

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hours  at  work  and  more  time  to  spend  at  home 
and  also  more  money  to  enjoy  spending  together. 
I    will    close    with    my    heartiest    good    wishes 
to  all.  Fraternally, 

Jno.  E.  Cowgill,  General  Chairman. 

Portland   Dh'ision — 

Now  that  the  new  schedules  have  heen  dis- 
tributed all  members  should  familiarize  themselves 
with  the  rules  and  working  conditions  and  advise 
the  local  chairman  of  any  irregularities  which 
come  to  their  notice. 

Remember  that  the  new  agreement  provides  that 
telegraphers  will  make  and  forward  two  copies  of 
all  bids  for  positions,  one  copy  to  be  returned  to 
the  applicant  as  an  acknowledgment.  Overtime 
slips  should  be  sent  in  promptly  for  all  overtime 
worked,  and  if  rejected  should  be  referred  to  your 
local  chairman.  Have  had  several  complaints  re- 
cently where  overtime  was  rejected  on  account  of 
telegraphers  not  notifying  the  train  dispatcher  so 
that  it  could  be  shown  on  train  sheet.  While  our 
agreement  provides  that  we  shall  be  paid  for  all 
overtime  worked,  yet  telegraphers  should  be  very 
careful  to  comply  with  instructions  issued  from 
the  superintendent's  office  or  they  are  subjected  to 

We  now  have  one  of  the  best  schedules  in  the 
United  States  and  should  show  our  appreciation 
by  giving  the  company  gooi  service  and  also  re- 
main loyal  to  the  Order  which  has  secured  these 
better  working  conditions. 

It  is  now  time  to  pay  dues  for  term  ending  June 
30,  1914,  and  I  hope  that  all  members  will  pay  up 
promptly.  Get  your  card  early  and  always  carry 
an  up-to-date. 

We  have  a  few  nons  and  delinquents  left  on 
this  division  who  should  now  do  the  right  thing. 
There  is  no  reasonable  excuse  for  staying  out,  now 
that  their  conditions  have  been  so  materially  bet- 
tered by  the  new  agreement. 

I  would  appreciate  it  if  all  members  would 
assist  me  in  lining  up  the  few  nons  and  delin- 
quents. If  a  new  man  comes  to  the  division  find 
out  if  he  is  a  member,  get  his  certificate  and  divi- 
sion number  and  date  paid  to  and  send  to  me  so 
that  we  can  transfer  him  to  Division  53.  If  a 
non-member  do  not  let  up  until  you  have  landed 
him,  advising  me  so  that  you  may  be  furnished 
with  the  necessary  papers.  Let  us  keep  active  and 
alive  to  our  interests  now  that  we  have  a  good 

Any  brother  on  the  Los  Angeles,  Coast  or  West- 
ern Division  desiring  to  exchange  rights  and  posi- 
tions to  the  Portland  Division  should  write  Bro. 
R.  Hickman,  Wolf  Creek,  Oregon. 

Bro.  V.  N.  Fields  is  on  vacation  visiting  friends 
in  Ohio. 

Bro.  A.  Brunkcr,  our  steady  bug  man,  nights  at 
Grant's  Pass,  is  on  vacation  to  Kansas,  and  it  is 
understood  that  he  is  to  bring  a  lady  back  to 
Sunny  Rogue,  River  Valley. 

E.  D.  Woodburg,  chief  clerk  in  the  superintend- 
ent's office,  is  visiting  his  folks  in  Georgia. 

Traveling  Auditor  W.  A.  Harrison  has  been 
transferred    to    California,    so    the    boys    will    not 

be  looking  for  him  to  jump  off  the  train  and 
grab  their  cash  drawer. 

Bro.  E.  A.  Miller,  of  West  Fork,  got  him  a 
cook,  but  could  not  find  a  place  to  live,  so  he  bid 
in  third  Junction  City.  Seems  as  if  everybody  is 
doing  it  nowadays.  The  brothers  must  be  taking 
advantage   of  the   new  schedule. 

W.  A.  Perison,  of  **KC,"  has  gone  East  on 
account  of  his  folks'  sickness.  It  may  be  some 
months  before  he  returns;  relieved  by  a  man  who 
signs  "D"  and  can  certainly  handle  the  business. 

Five  Sundays  and  a  holiday  in  November  made 
it  look  very  good  for  our  checks.  The  committee 
certainly  did  some  good  work  and  should  be  con- 

Those  who  have  not  paid  their  special  assess- 
ments should  do  so  at  once. 

A.  S.  Rosenbaum,  agent  Medford,  was  on  the 
sick  list  for  three  weeks.  Bro.  A.  F.  Noth,  of 
Medford,  was  called  to  Wisconsin  for  three  weeks 
on  account  of  his  mother  being  sick,  relieved  by 
Bro.  G.  M.  Leslie  on  the  ticket  job,  and  ,he  by 
Mr.   Darrow,   from   California. 

It  is  now  Bro.  O.  C.  Purkeypile. 

Bro.  J.   F.   Knox,  from   Hillsboro,  who  relieved 

Bro.   P.   A.  Nelson  when  he  bid  in  Carlton,  later 

went  to  Timber  on  bid,  which  has  been  abolished, 

and   he   is  now  relieving  Bro.   Henning  at  Wood- 

.  burn. 

The  Giants  and  White  Sox  played  ball  in  Med- 
ford November  17th  in  the  rain.  Bro.  Noth  had 
a  grand   stand  seat. 

W.  W.  Harvey,  the  P.  F.  E.  man,  is  now  travel- 
ing out  of  Portland.  The  boys  regret  his  leaving, 
as  he  can  furnish  P.  F.  E's  when  nobody  else  can. 

Thanks  to  Bro.  G.  M.  Leslie  for  news  this 
month.  Would  be  glad  to  have  items  from  differ- 
ent parts  of  the  Division.  With  the  assistance  of 
the  members  we  can  have  a  good  write-up  each 
month.  T.   M.   Boyd,   L.   C. 

Western  Division — 

Jonas  Rhorer  received  second  **OW"  Oakland 
Pier,  Bro.  TuVner  going  on  third  after  several 
days'  leave;  Bro.  Dyer,  displaced  on  third,  dis- 
placed Bro.  Moreland,  sebond  at  Davis,  who  went 
to  Calistoga  to  relieve  Bro.  Miller,  off  for  a  few 
weeks.  Bro.  Walker  at  Calistoga,  displaced  by 
Moreland,  bumped  Bro.  Gilliland  at  "Sink"  days, 
and  Bro.  Alexander,  extra,  bumped  Bro.  Batschie, 
nights,  who  had  relieved  Fothergill  on  "Sink" 
nights.  Too  many  extra  men — twelve  on  list  and 
all  wanting  work.  Fothergill  went  to  Avon  agency, 
relieving  Bro.  Harrington. 

Had  the  pleasure  of  attending  a  very  interesting 
meeting  at  San  Jose  the  ninth  and  was  disap- 
pointed that  only  four  Western  and  three  *'BD" 
San  Francisco  members  were  present,  owing  to 
the  poor  train  service  out  of  San  Jose,  making  it 
hard  for  the  boys  to  get  back  that  night. 

Many  interesting  and  entertaining  talks  made 
by  the  boys  that  did  turn  out,  and  we  all  enjoyed 
ourselves.  Our  worthy  local  chairman,  Bro.  Ward, 
acted  as  chairman  and  did  the  honors  in  fine 
shape,  and  General  Chairman  Cowgill  and  General 
Secretary    and    Treasurer    Koppikus    gave    us    fine 

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talks.  Quite  a  number  of  sisters  and  ladies  were 
there  and  enjoyed  the  meeting  very  much. 

Hope  we  can  hold  a  meeting  in  San  Francisco  or 
Oakland  soon,  as  the  boys  can  get  into  S.  F.  and 
get  home  that  same  night. 

When  the  applications  promised  for  the  Janu- 
ary pay  day  materialize  our  percentage  on  the 
Western  will  be  at  least  90  per  cent.  Still  a  few 
are  getting  the  benefits  secured  for  them  by  the 
organization  and  should  do  their  part  by  getting 
a  card.  Members  on  the  line  working  with  them 
can  do  a  great  deal  by  personal  talks  and  letters 
to  those  at  other  stations.  The  cost  is  small  for  a 
few  letters  and  the  increases  in  our  splendid 
schedule  should  make  each  one  of  us  an  enthusias- 
tic booster  for  more  members.  The  man  on  Niles, 
who  was  given  an  increase  of  over  fifteen  dollars 
a  month,  secured  by  the  Order  for  him,  has  not 
yet  made  good  his  promise  to  me  in  September  to 
join.  The  trainmen  are  taking  an  interest  in  who 
arc  "OK/*  and  we  all  know  what  they  think  of 
a  non.  It  might  be  well  when  these  hard  cases 
show  up  to  put  the  trainmen  next  and  much  good 
might  be  accomplished,  for  they  get  in  touch  per- 
sonally with  these  men.  Wish  the  members  on  the 
Niles  end  would  get  after  this  man  and  see  that 
he  gets  a  card. 

Colcy  at  Napa  Jet.  still  keeps  the  dollar  a  month 
that  it  would  cost  him  for  a  card»  also  the  extra 
pay  secured  for  him.  He  had  an  hour  taken  off 
his  day's  work  and  does  not  forget  to  put  in  the 
overtime  for  the  holidays  added  to  the  schedule  to 
take  the  half  day  allowed.  The  remaining  non- 
members  on  the  division  are  all  open  to  argument, 
and  will  no  doubt  soon  send  in  their  papers. 

I  did  not  receive  a  single  note  from  anyone  this 
month»  an4  not  in  a  position  to  get  all  the  changes. 
I  would  like  to  receive  somo  news  from  the  boys 
on  the  line  and  have  some  one  act  as  correspon- 
dent. Don't  forget  this  is  the  month  to  pay  your 
dues  and  "do  it  now."  The  member  that  keeps 
putting  it  off  until  he  becomes  delinquent  is  not 
as  good  an  Order  man  as  he  should  be,  and  is 
what  makes  our  poor  showing.  Most  of  the  nons 
belonged  at  one  time  but  dropped  out.  Expect 
more  notes  next  month  than  I  got  this  time;  also 
more  applications.  Local  Chairman. 

San  Joaquin  District — 

A  good,  old  fashioned  meeting  was  held  at  the 
Union  Labor  Temple,  Los  Angeles,  Saturday  even- 
ing, December  13,  1913,  with  about  fifty  members 
present,  including  four  members  of  the  Ladies' 
Auxiliary.  General  Chairman  J.  E.  Cowgill  and 
wife  were  present,  and  Bro.  Cowgill  opened  the 
meeting  by  appointing  Bro.  Steer,  of  **HU,"  as 
chairman,  who  made  us  an  interesting  talk  regard- 
ing the  advisability  of  holding  meetings  at  least 
once  a  month,  and  put  it  up  to  the  opinions  of 
the  members  present.  No  decision  was  reached, 
however,  and  the  subject  was  held  over  to  be  dis- 
cussed at  the  next  meeting. 

Local  Chairman  Bro.  W.  E.  Blume,  of  Cameron, 
and  Bro.  M.  B.  McMullen  were  the  only  members 
present  from  this  division.  This  is  to  be  regretted 
as  there  should   be   more   interest  taken   in  these 

meetings,  and  there  arc  a  number  of  members  lo- 
cated between  Mojave  and  Saugus  who,  with  a 
little  effort,  could  make  arrangements  so  they 
could  attenJ   each   meeting. 

There  is  to  be  another  meeting  held  in  Los 
Angeles  in  January  and  notice  will  be  given  all 
members  in  ample  time  for  them  to  secure  relief 
if  it  is  necessary,  and  we  hope  to  see  more  mem- 
bers present. 

Bro.  Gipple,  of  Saugus,  on  the  sick  list  for  a 
few  days  last  month,  was  unable  to  attend  the 
meeting  at   Los  Angeles. 

Bro.  W.  B.  Haines,  of  Division  49,  relieved  Bro. 
L.  E.  Lehmer  as  agent  Famoso,  when  transferred 
to  Travers. 

The  orange  seaso'n  in  the  valley  is  over.  Nine 
tricks  were  closed  December  20th,  and  the  extra 
men  are  having  a  rather  hard  time  just  now,  but 
it  will  not  be  long  until  the  business  is  no^^mal 

Bro.  C.  E.  Wilent  transferred  from  Lindsay 
agency  to  Ducor  agency,  relieving  D.  D.  Shepherd, 
who  relieved  Bro.  L.  C.  Harmonson  at  Tranquility. 
Bro.  N.  P.  Gidley,  manager  at  Mojave,  while  off 
making  his  Christmas  purchases  in  Los  Angeles, 
was  relieved  by  W.  A.  Troutman,  who  promises  to 
be  with  us  soon.  Ex-Bro.  Andrews  also  promises 
to  come  back  this  month.  We  will  be  glad  to  wel- 
come him. 

One  man  was  cut  off  at  Lang  and  one  at  Ra- 
venna recently  on  account  of  slack  business,  partly 
due  to  the  floods  in  Texas  tying  up  the  roads  in 
that  district,  causing  the  business  to  be  routed 
via  Ogden. 

Bro.  Oneill,  of  Lindsay,  spent  the  holidays  in 
and  about  Los  Angeles.  Bro.  J.  A.  Gamble,  switch- 
ing in  the  Mojave  yard,  also  spent  Christmas  week 
in  Los  A;igeles.  * 

The  large  silver  cup  presented  to  General  Chair- 
man Bro.  J.  E.  Cowgill  by  the  members  of  the 
San  Joaquin  Division  was  displayed  at  the  meet- 
ing in  Los  Angeles,  and  comments  of  admiration 
were  heard  from  every  one.  Bro.  Cowgill  ex- 
pressed his  appreciation  of  the  beautiful  gift,  and 
the  sentiments  of  appreciation  of  the  members  that 
accompanied  it. 

I  wish  to  thank  Bros.  G.  A.  Sears,  of  Bakers- 
field,  and  Collins,  of  Ravenna,  for  items  con- 
tributed this  month. 

Bro.  O.  D.  Day,  of  Walong,  had  hit  place  of 
business  cut  off  from  the  outside  world  for  a  few 
hours  recently,  caused  by  someone  cutting  the 
cable  from  his  car. 

Bro.  P.  P.  Kendrick  is  on  third  Woodford  tem- 
porarily, awaiting  assignment.  Our  new  Bro. 
Sharp,  from   Woodford,  is  now  on  third  Lang. 

Bro.  Jerome  Oneill  is  still  at  Lindsay  extra. 

Bro.  D.  P.  Gibson  relieved  Bro.  P.  E.  Turner 
at  Tehachapi,  who  bid  in  second  there.  Bro.  F.  S. 
Whitson,  of  Tehachapi,  took  assignment  at  Porter- 
ville  when  the  change  was  made. 

Bro.  J.  T.  Juve,  of  La  Rose,  called  East  on 
account  of  sickness  of  his  father  in  Arkansas, 
expects  to  remain  several  months. 

Bro.  Frank  Nejedly,  en  the  sick  list  a  few  days, 
is  able  to  work  again. 

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Bro.  R.  B.  Mould,  now  cashier  at  Famosoi  rerj 
seMom  goes  to  Bakerslield  Sunday  evenings  any 

We  have  not  heard  a  word  for  three  months 
from  the  live  brothers  in  the  valley  who  used  to 
send  items  for  our  write-up  each  month.  I  can 
not  give  the  write-up  I  would  like  to  if  I  do  not 
get  the  changes*  etc. 

Bro.  M.  Krombeck,  of  Bakersfield,  ate  his 
Thanksgiving  dinner  with  friends  at  Bealville. 

One  of  the  Bakersfield  papers  states  that  all 
the  telegraph  operators  in  "K"  office  are  going 
to  purchase  motocycles  the  first  of  the  year.  That 
is  a  fast  bunch. 

Let  one  of  jour  New  Year  resolutions  be  to 
remit  your  dues  for  your  card  at  once. 

A  new  switchboard  of  the  latest  type  has  been 
installed  at  Mojave.  with  Bro.  N.  P.  Gidley  as 
manager.  These  are  improvements  long  needed 

Bro.  Slagle,  from  the  I.  &  G.  N.,  is  acting  agent 
at  Searles  on  the  Jawbone. 

G.  C.  Frederick,  on  third  Caliente,  will  be  with 
us  next  pay  day. 

As  a  whole,  this  division  can  put  up  a  fairly 
solid  front,  and  new  members  are  coming  in  almost 
every  day,  but  there  are  still  a  few  who  have  not 
yet  decided  to  come  in.  There  certainly  can  be 
no  excuse  for  anyone  now,  considering  the  sub- 
stantial raise  we  have  obtained.  So  let  us  all  try 
to  have  them  start  the  New  Year  right. 

The  brothers  of  this  division  presented  *  our 
general  chairman,  Bro.  J.  E.  Cowgill,  with  a  lov- 
ing cup  as  a  token  of  our  appreciation  of  his 
successful  efforts  in  our  behalf  in  securing  the 
revision  of  our  schedule.  A  letter  from  Bro. 
Covrgill  to  the  local  chairman  states  that  he  is 
going  to  arrange  a  meeting  at  some  point  on  this 
division  in  the  near  future,  that  he  may  thank 
the  brothers  personally  for  their  kindness. 

Members  who  have  items  for  publication  in  The 
TsLSGKApHEii  Will  plcase  mail  them  to  me  before 
the  22d  of  the  month.. 

M.    B.    McMuLLBN,    Mojave,    CaL 

Los  AngeUs  District — 

General  Chairman  Cowgill  has  appointed  me  to 
ttKceed  Bro.  Eddie  Mulvihill  as  local  chairman  of 
the  Los  Angeles  Division.  Bro.  Mulvihill  has 
been  loca.1  chairman  for  a  number  of  years,  but, 
on  accoiLSt  of  Wilmington  growing  to  such  an 
important  station,  he  was  forced  to  give  up  his 
work  and  devote  his  entire  time  to  his  duties  to 
the  company.  He  has  done  splendid  work  for 
the  Order,  and  we  regret  to  lose  him. 

On  account  of  Bro.  Reid  having  so  many  other 
interests  to  look  after,  and  on  account  of  my  being 
located  so  close  to  him,  he  has  suggested  that  I 
appoint  someone  on  another  district  to  act  as  com- 
mitteeman, and  I  have  selected  Bro.  P.  J.  Coyle, 
agent  Newhall,  in  his  place. 

Bro.  C.  H.  Owens,  who  has  been  local  secretary 
for  so  long,  suggested  that,  on  account  of  his  being 
so  far  removed  from  the  main  line,  that  I  appoint 
someone  in  his  place.  Therefore,  Bro.  Paul  Wal- 
ter, third   trick   El    Casco,   has  succeeded   him   as 

local  secretary.  I  regret  very  much  to  lose  these 
two  good  brothers  from  the  committee,  as  they 
have  been  in  the  game  for  a  long  time,  and  have 
certainly  rendered  valuable  service  for  the  Order. 
Bros.  Walter  and  Coyle  have  had  a  great  amount 
of  experience  along  these  lines,  and  I  am  sure  we 
will  have  a  very  pleasant  administration  together. 

I  ask  every  member  to  appoint  himself  a  com- 
mittee of  one  to  help  out  in  organization  work, 
also  to  keep  me  advised  of  anything  not  in  accord- 
ance with  our  agreement,  and  under  no  circum* 
stances  violate  it  yourself. 

Now  is  the  time  to  resolve  to  do  better,  while 
the  stimulating  effects  of  our  recent  increase  is 
being  enjoyed.  Let  us  show  that  we  appreciate 
it  by  giving  the  company  the  best  there  is  in  us, 
leading  them  to  more  highly  value  the  class  of 
service  we  perform.  Our  troubles  are  usually 
the  result  of  inattention  and  neglect,  brought 
about  by  the  failure  to  secure  the  required  amount 
of  sleep  while  off  duty,  or  a  lack  of  interest,  or 
inattention  to  duty. 

Be  sure  to  render  all  bids  in  duplicate,  so  one 
copy  can  be  returned  as  a  receipt. 

During  the  past  two  years  entreaty  has  been 
made  to  every  telegrapher  on  the  Los  Angeles 
Division  to  become  a  member  of  our  organization, 
but,  unfortunately  for  all  concerned,  there  were 
enough  non-members  to  prevent  a  genuine  suc- 
cess from  taking  place  for  the  benefit  of  the  teleg- 
rapher and  station  agent  combining  positions,  in 
which  the  greatest  amount  of  intelligence  is  re* 
quired  in  the  performance  of  their  duties.  How 
can  a  man  draw  his  Sunday  overtime  and  increase 
in  wages,  work  shorter  hours,  and  enjoy  numerous 
other  concessions  and  never  contribute  to  such  an 
organization  as  this?  We  must  make  a  clean  sweep 
and  get  every  desirable  non  into  the  Order.  Write 
letters,  and  every  chance  you  get  speak  to  them 
about  it;  show  them  the  benefits  they  are  enjoy- 
ing, and  ask  what  they  have  done  to  bring  about 
these  benefits. 

I  wish  to  find  a  good,  live  member  to  act  aS 
local  correspondent — one  who  is  centrally  located 
or  on  the  extra  list  I  will  do  all  I  can  to  assist 
him.  Anyone  knowing  such  a  member,  please 
advise  me.  , 

I  respectfully  call  your  attention  to  the  follow- 
ing extracts  from  our  agreement.  Please  read 
and  study  them,  and  if  you  do  not  understand, 
write  me,  and  I  will  endeavor  to  explain  their 
meaning:  Article  4,  sections  (b)  and  (c);  article 
5  in  its  entirety;  all  of  article  9;  article  10,  sec- 
tion (b);  article  21,  sections  (b),  (e)  and  (f). 

There  was  a  very  enthusiastic  meeting  held  in 
Los  Angeles,  December  12th.  Unfortunately,  I 
was  not  located  so  I  could  attend,  and  the  minutes 
of  same  have  not  yet  reached  me,  so  I  cannot  give 
a  very  intelligent  account  of  it;  but  I  understand 
there  was  not  a  vacant  seat  in  the  hall.  The  ladies 
were  invited,  and  all  had  a  very  pleasant  time,  as 
well  as  a  profitable  meeting.  I  only  wish  we  could 
have  more  of  these  meetings,  as  they  are  the  life 
of  an  organization. 

The  recent  changes  of  which  I  am  advised  are: 
Bro.   W.   A.   Post   from   Oxnard  to   San   Bemard- 

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ino,  temporary,  relieving  A.  J.  Locke,  to  Fillmore 
on  bid;  temporary  position  at  Colton  abolished, 
Bro.  H.  L.  Earl  to  Beaumont  second,  relieving 
Bro.  T.  J.  McDonald,  to  Florence  agency  on  bid; 
Bro.  A.  M.  Hammond  from  Redlands  Jet.  second 
to  Indio  third  on  bid,  relieving  Bro.  J.  H.  Davis, 
to  Iris  first  on  bid;  Bro.  J.  C.  Locke  relieved  Bro. 
O.  H.  Weight,  second  Shorb,  temporary,  to  Red- 
lands  Jet.  third  on  bid,  relieving  Bro.  M.  H. 
O'Connell,  to  Ogilby  second  on  bid,  relieving  Bro. 

A.  H.  Ernst,  to  Ventura  second  temporary,  re- 
lieving Bro.  C.  L.  Robeson,  to  Riverside  Jet.  sec- 
ond, relieving  Bro,  H.  F.  Mead,  Division  53, 
Mackinaw,  Mich.,  transferred  to  Palm  Springs 
temporary*,  relieving  H.  E.  Conway  on  third  a  few 

Other  recent  appointments  on  bulletin:     Nordhoff, 

B.  F.  Jones;  agency  Guasti,  Bro.  J.  H.  Sargent; 
third  Burbank,  Bro.  I.  B.   Carl;   temporary  Edom, 

C.  L.  Friddcll;  Oxnard  first,  A.  J.  Russell;  On- 
tario third,  Bro.^R.  E.  Loomis;  Pomona  first,  Bro. 
J.  W.  Craig;  San  Pedro  temporary,  Bro.  C.  G. 

The  result  of  the  vote  on  merging  the  H.  & 
T.  C,  the  H.  E.  &  W.  T.  with  Division  53  was 
almost  unanimous  in  favor  of  it. 

Bro.  Cowgill  and  the  reduced  general  committee 
of  the  Sunset  Central  Lines  are  now  in  session  in 
Houston,  Tex.,  preparing  a  schedule  to  present 
to  the  officials  of  those  lines. 

A  special  election  will  be  called  within  the  next 
two  months  to  elect  a  permanent  local  chairman 
for  this  division  to  fill  the  unexpired  term  of  Bro. 
Mulvihill.  In  the  meantime  all  communications 
intended  for  the  local  chairman  should  be  for- 
warded to  me.  A.  M.  Hammond,  L.  C, 

Indio,   Cal. 

Coast  Division — 

Bro.  Werner  is  the  only  one  who  gave  me  any 
news  this  month.  Even  the  cards  I  sent  out  were 
not  returned,  and  it  seems  to  be  mostly  wasting 
money  to  send  them.  It  only  takes  about  a  min- 
ute of  your  time  to  fill  in  the  return  portion  and 
mail  it,  so  let's  have  a  good  write-up  next  month. 
Of  course,  everyone  on  the  division  is  more  or 
less  acquainted  with  what's  .going  on,  but  the 
boys  back  East  who  have  been  here  with  us  ap- 
preciate them. 

Business  is  picking  up  on  account  of  having 
more  rain  around  Salinas  and  south  of  there  dur- 
ing November  than  for  several  years.  Normal 
service  was  resumed  on  the  Coast  Division  Novem- 
ber 5th,  the  boys  all  going  back  to  their  old  places. 
"Spuds"  are  going  out  rapidly  from  this  center 
of  tl\e  potato-raising  country.  Good  ones  arc  bring- 
ing $2.50  a  sack,  and  fancy  ones  better  prices. 
The  farmers  seem  to  be  getting  about  their  share 
of  what's  coming  to  them  now,  and  I  suppose  they 
are  entitled  to  it. 

Bro.  Oakes,  Ben  Lomond,  on  vacation,  was  re- 
lieved by  Bro.  Kenyon,  who  later  relieved  Bro. 
Mabie,  of  Los  Gatos,  on  a  trip  to  Canada. 

Bro.  "Bill"  Heney,  first  Gilroy,  a  "live  brother," 
has  gone  to  the  Northwestern  Pacific.  We  wish 
him  success. 

Bro.  Werner,  returning  from  Fresno  relay  office, 
relieved  Bro.  G.  R.  Smith  as  assistant  agent  Los 
Gatos,  who  went  to  his  assigned  position,  second 
Gilroy.  Bro.  Barney  McCosker,  taking  his  as- 
signed position,  first  Gilroy,  was  relieved  at  Gavi- 
Ota  by  Bro.  May,  and  Bro.  Kott,  extra  Gilroy, 
went  to  his  assigned  position,  first  Redwood. 

Bro.  Berry,  agent  Campbell,  on  vacation,  was 
relieved  by  Bro.  Kenyon,  who  also  relieved  Bro. 
Harrison,  agent  Colma,  on  vacation. 

Bro.  Ward,  returning  to  his  regular  position, 
San  Jose  "SJ,"  relieved  Bro.  Moore,  who  went 
to  Surf,  fishing. 

Bro.  Chapin,  a  member  of  this  division  since 
its  infancy,  now  holding  a  non-schedule  position, 
has  been  taking  a  few  days  off.  It  is  always  a 
treat  to  meet  this  veteran  brother  of  the  key. 
Notwithstanding  he  receives  no  benefit  from  the 
Order,  he  takes  particular  pride  in  keeping  an 
up-to-date  card,  which  should  shame  any  non  who 
has  been  receiving  continual  benefits  through  the 
instrumentality  of  the  O.  R.  T. 

That  staunch  old  "vet,"  our  local  secretary,  Bro. 
Taylor,  agent .  Ocean  View,  on  vacation,  was  re- 
lieved by  Bro.  Fuller. 

Bro.  Stewart,  agent  Gilroy,  resigned,  relieved 
by  Bro.  Young,  agent  Gonzales,  and  he  by  Bro. 
A.  B.  Sisson. 

Bro.  Heistand,  Pajaro  (Watsonville  Jet.),  off  a 
few  days  on  account  of  the  illness  of  his  mother, 
was  'relievqd  by  Bro.  Dan  Sullivan,  who  later  re- 
lieved  Mr.   Bell  at  King  City. 

Regards  and  best  wishes  to  all. 

"HS,"  Cert.  1558. 

Tucson  Division — 

On  December  15th  General  Chairman  Cowgill, 
on  his  way  t6  the  lines  in  Texas  and  Louisiana, 
stopped  over  in  Tucson  for  one  day.  That  even- 
ing Bros.  Cowgill,  Stanley,  Butler,  Lieux  and 
Williams  met  in  Bro.  Cowgill's  room  at  the  Heidel 
Hotel  to  talk  over  the  schedule  and  some  of  the 
phases  which  affected  Tucson  "UN"  office.  The 
differences  were  all  straightened  out  by  Bro.  Cow- 
gill calling  on  the  superintendent  and  coming  to 
an  understanding  on  the  questions  involved.  Sev- 
eral of  the  boys  from  on  the  line  wanted  to  get 
in,  so  we  could  have  a  larger  meeting,  but,  owing 
to  the  way  trains  are  on  our  new  time-card,  they 
were  unable  to  do  so.  Mrs.  Cowgill  and  Mrs.  But- 
ler were  also  present. 

An  intoxicated  passenger,  put  off  the  train  at 
Sibyl  for  refusing  to  pay  his  fare,  began  throwing 
rocks  at  the  train,  when  E.  M.  Joyce,  the  agent, 
forced  him  into  his  office  and  held  him  until  a 
special  officer  went  after  him. 

E.  J.  Tillcy,  first  Deming,  relieved  by  Stevens 
from  third,  vice  Mr.  Wheeler,  while  Mr.  Tilley 
was  called  to  Texas  on  account  of  the  illness  of 
his  wife. 

H.  F.  Albert,  from  Lanark,  relieved  E.  M. 
Joyce,  second  trick  Willcox.   Joyce  goes  to  Tucson. 

L.  L.  Angerson,  relieved  by  W.  T.  Brinley,  first 
Lordsburg,  to  Tucson,  makes  seventh  man,  on 
account  of  the  heavy  business  caused  bv  the  strike 

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ot  trainmen  on  the  G.  H.  &  S.  A.     L.  J.  Why- 
brew,  second  Lordsburg,  resigned. 

O.  M.  SHreve,  first  Maricopa,  on  sick  leave, 
relieved  by  L.  L.  Anderson,  from  Tucson. 

An  attempt  was  made  to  rob  the  Tucson  ticket 
office  by  a  masked  robber  November  20th,  about 
1  a.  m.,  but  Thomas  Dempsey,  night  ticket  agent, 
when  ordered  to  "deliver  all  the  money,"  jumped 
behind  the  safe  and  called  for  help,  scarino;  the 
wonld-be  robber  away. 

Charles  H.  Eva,  "UN"  assigned  dispatcher's 
trick  in  "DS"  Tucson,  vice  Mr.  Howard.  Mr. 
Foster  relieved  Mason,  who  relieved  Fuller.  Mr. 
Cassady  on  day  chief  and  Fuller  on  night  chief 
on  account  of  Mr.  Wilson  in  Los  Angeles  string- 
ing time-card  74. 

Mr.  Amtzen,  a  new  man,  relieved  H.  F.  Albert, 
second  Willcox,  whose  father  is  seriously  ill. 

L.  J.  Lieux,  second  wire  chief  "UN,"  relieved 
C  E.  Taylor,  days,  who  goes  to  San  Francisco 
to  start  a  course  in  the  Harriman  Practical  School 
of  Railroading.  Lieux  relieved  by  B.  W.  Doyle, 
from  Patagonia. 

Jesse  C  Long,  first  Benson,  relieved  by  A.  M. 
Meacbam,  from  third  Benson,  while  spending  the 
holidays  at  his  home  in  Nebraska.  Meacbam  re- 
lieved by  Kochman,  from  Mescal. 

C  E.  Welsh,  from  WUlcox.  relieved  A.  Holli- 
day,  first  Picacho,  who  bid  in  Bowie,  relieved  C.  A. 
Gates,  on  leave  of  absence.  H.  A.  Henderson, 
extra  agent  Steins,  relieved  by  J.  F.  Hoover,  from 
second,  goes  to  Willcox. 

G.  E.  Wilson,  Red  Rock;  B.  D.  Mahoney, 
Jaynes;  W.  E.  Hettinger,  Elsmond;  O.  L.  Spauld- 
ing.  Mescal,  were  recent  TiKSon  visitors. 

J.  W.  Christian,  first  Willcox,  relieved  by  C.  E. 
Welsh,  from  Simon,  on  vacation.  Mr.  Bostick, 
third  Willcox,  promises  to  line  up  this  month. 

F.  V.  King,  **CY"  Yuma,  was  going  out  of  the 
business,  but,  having  just  received  an  increase  of 
$13.75  a^  month,  has  changed  his  mind.  We  should 
see  now  that  he  gets  a  card. 

W.  H.  Johnson,  from  Willcox,  assigned  second 
Simon,  vice  C.  E.  Welsh. 

B.  W.  Doyle,  from  Lordsburg,  relieved  by  An- 
derson, was  in  Tucson  taking  examinations.  Doyle 
to  Patagonia  to  relieve  Agent  Stone. 

E.  M.  Joyce,  from  Willcox,  relieved  M.  J. 
Kochman,  Sibyl.  Kochman  to  assignment,  third 

O.  M.  Shreve,  returned  from  sick  leave,  relieved 
L  L.  Anderson,  first  Maricopa.  Anderson  to 

M.  J.  Kochman,  assigned  third  Mescal,  bumps 
J.  H.  Cloonan,  who  relieved  L  F.  0*Malley,  sec- 
ond Aztec,  who  opens  new  third,  there. 

A.  C  DuflFy,  returning  from  vacation,  relieved 
W.  E.  Hettinger  at  Vail,  who  returned  to  Esmond, 
relieving  O.  L.  Spaulding,  who  goes  to  Mescal  to 
relieve  Kochman. 

R.  E.  Badger,  assigned  second  Aztec,  bumped 
J.  H.  Qoonan,  third  trick,  displacing  I.  F.  0*Mal- 
ley,  to  his  assignment  at  Casa  Grande. 

C.  A.  Oleson,  new  man,  relieved  D.  H.  O'Brien, 
second  Sentinel,  to  Yuma. 

Three   new    members    received    on    the    division 
during  November.    It  is  now  Bro.  B.  E.  Acre. 

Div.  CoR. 

G.  H.  &  S.  A.  R.  R.,  El  Paso  Division— 

Assignments:  Marathon  agency,  R.  E.  Petross; 
Marathon  third,  N.  Cheek;  Marfa  second,  G.  W. 
Haas;  El  Paso  ninth.  Graves;  El  Paso  tenth,  Hel- 
ton; El  Paso  eleventh,  Williams. 

Vacancies:  Ft.  Hancock  agency  and  third  trick, 
Marfa  'third,  Valentine  second  and  Sanderson  sec- 
ond and  fourth. 

Bro.  E.  A.  Joyce,  who  has  been  in  the  hospital 
Dieu,  in  El  Paso,  for  the  last  two  months,  is  im- 
proving rapidly  and  expects  soon  to  be  out. 

Bro.  G.  J.  Schwarderer  is  now  in  business  in 

Bro.  J.  A.  Skipper  is  relieving  at  Marathon 
agency,  and  Bro.  H.  G.  Fuller  is  on  Marfa  third 
pending  bulletin. 

Mr.  Young,  of  New  York,  is  relieving  Bro.  Lee 
at  Finlay  for  a  couple  of  weeks^  He  carries  an 
up-to-date  with  the  Commercial,  and  we  expect  to 
have  him  with  us  next  half. 

Bro.  S.  G.  Gould,  agent  at  Alpine,  has  been 
given  a  cashier  at  $75  per  month.  Bro.  A.  G. 
Ragin,  for  a  number  of  years  on  first  Alpine,  is 
now  on  first  K.  C.  M.  &  O.  at  Alpine.  The 
Western  Union  'S  installing  an  up-town  office  at 
Alpine.  This  will  relieve  the  boys  at  "MY"  of 
quite  a  bit  of  telegraph  work. 

Our  good-natured  dispatcher,  R.  E.  P.,  who  bid 
in  Marathon  agency,  has  about  decided  to  stay 
where  he  is  as  dispatcher.  While  the  Marathon 
bunch  would  be  glad  to  welcome  him  as  agent,  all 
the  boys  on  the  line  would  rather  see  him  stay 
at  "CB." 

Bro.  Bush,  having  to  get  up  early  to  build  a 
fire  recently,  jumped  from  his  bed  and  stepped 
on  a  needle  sticking  up  in  a  rug.  What  took 
place  a  little  later  is  a  secret.  By  giving  the 
crippled  peg  right-of-way,  he  is  now  able  to  run 
on  time. 

Mr.  Cleaver  at  Ft.  Hancock  is  preparing  for 
agency  work.  Agent  McDaniels  gave  him  some 
lessons  in  billing  live  stock,  and  Agent  Davidson 
shewed  him  how  to  deliver  express. 

Bro.  Bacon,  from  Sanderson,  hunting  at  Long- 
fellow recently,  wounded  two  large  bucks,  but 
failed  to  get  either  of  them.  Bro.  Spencer,  of 
Tesnus,   was   off   hunting   bear   last   month. 

Bro.  Parker,  of  Longfellow,  while  on  a  trip  to 
El  Paso,  was  relieved  by  Mr.  Leavitt,  brother-in- 
law  of  Bro.  Broyles. 

Bro.  Lee,  of  Finlay,  who  has  the  nicest  buuch 
of  high-grade  chickens  on  the  line,  is  laying  off 
for  thirty  days. 

Bro.  Murphy,  of  Clint,  had  his  house  robbed 
one  night  recently,  losing  quite  an  amount  of 
clothing  and  jewelry.  We  sympathize  with  him, 
but  suppose  that  guy  had  robbed  one  of  us  fellows 
that  only  have  one  suit  of  clothes. 

Ft.  Hancock  is  again  begging  for  an  agent,  the 
last  two  walked  out  waiting  for  relief. 

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Bro.  Sorsby,  at  Tcrccr,  can  come  nearer  giv- 
ing you  an  "OS"  from  all  the  blind  sidings  near 
by  than  some  of  the  boys  can  from  their  own 

Bro.  D.  N.  Scott,  who  killed  the  only  deer  in 
that  vicinity  this  season,  was  so  big  hearted  that 
he  divided  it  with  the  office  force,  and  all  the 
neighborhood.  We  understand  that  mighty  nim- 
rod,  Bro.  Cheek,  is  trapping  the  "dear"  around 
"RN."  We  hope  he  may  be  as  successful  as  Bro. 

Bros.  T.  W.  Brown  and  L.  L.  Lyles  were  target 
practicing  recently  on  the  river  near  Langtry. 
Some  rebel  soldiers  encamped  near  there  in  Mex- 
ico, hearing  the  cannonading  from  Bro.  Brown's 
automatic,  thought  the  Federal  advance  guard  was 
upon  them,  but  before  they  could  advance  to  meet 
the  supposed  attack  our  brothers  became  aware  of 
the  disturbance  they  had  caused  by  their  innocent 
amusement,  and  Bro.  Lyles,  remembering  an  en- 
gagement at  his  office,  ordered  an  immediate 

Bro.  Starns,  our  local  chairman  and  member  of 
the  reduced  general  committee,  expects  to  join  the 
latter  soon  and  meet  the  general  manager  to  re- 
vise the  Atlantic  System  schedule  of  Division  53. 
We  are  hoping  for  many  benefits  from  this  revision 
and  Bro.  Starns  believes  that,  with  the  co-opera< 
tion  of  the  boys,  we  will  have  no  trouble  in  com- 
ing to  terms.  We  should  enjoy  the  same  working 
conditions  our  brothers  on  the  many  eastern  roads 
are  enjoying,  such  as  two  weeks'  vacation  each 
year  with  pay  and  a  substantial  increase  in  pro- 
portion to  the  increased  cost  of  living  since  the 
revision  of  our  last  schedule.  In  union  there  is 
strength.  Every  man  uphold  the  committee  and 
give  it  your  support. 

Bro.  John  E.  Cowgill,  general  chairman  of  Divi- 
sion 53*,  passed  through  recently,  enroute  to  Hous- 
ton from  San  Francisco,  where  he  has  just 
completed  revising  the  schedule  of  the  Pacific 
System.  Bro.  Cowgill  was  accompanied  by  his 
family,  and  will  start  with  his  work  on  the  At- 
lantic System  as  soon  as  they  are  settled  in 

Bro.  T.  W.  Glover  is  getting  to  be  the  "Beau 
Brummel"  of  Comstock.  He  played  a  leading  jart 
at  a  grand  ball  given  there  recently. 

Thanks  to  the  several  brothers  who  sent  in  their 
items  this  month.  G.  W.  Haas, 

Local    Cor. 


Whereas,  Almighty  God,  in  His  infinite  wisdom, 
has  deemed  it  best  to  call  to  her  heavenly  home 
little  Beryl,  the  beloved  daughter  of  Bro.  J.  W. 
Barnhart,  and 

Whereas,  We  bow  in  humble  submission  to  Him 
that  doeth  all  things  well;  therefore  be  it 

Resolved,  That  we,  the  members  of  the  El  Paso 
District,  System  Division  No.  53,  extend  to  the 
sorrowing  members  of  the  family  and  brother  our 
sincere  and  heartfelt  sympathy  in  their  sad  be- 
reavement, and  be  it  further 

Resolved,  That  a  copy  of  these  resolutions  be 
sent  to  the  bereaved  brother,  a  copy  «pread  upon 

the  minutes  of  this  division,  and  a  copy  sent  to 
The  Railroad  Telegrapher  for  publication. 
L.  B.  Starns,  Local  Chairman, 
A.  T.  Stewart,  Ass't  Loc  Chmn., 
T.  W.  Brown,  Local  Sec'y, 


G.  H.  &  S.  A.  Ry.,  Houston  District- 
Continued  heavy  rains  over  the  entire  division 
washed  away  approaches  to  bridge  over  Plum 
Creek,  near  Luling,  and  oyer  the  Colorado  River 
at  Columbus,  with  great  loss  of  property  to  the 
citizens  of  Columbus;  the  Brazos  River  at  Rich- 
mond was  spread  out  over  a  distance  of  twelve 
miles;  the  entire  track  from  Rosenberg  to  Sugar- 
land  was  under  water  from  one  to  six  and  eight 
feet  deep,  causing  heavy  damage  to  track  as  well  cs 
to  the  citizens  of  Sugarland,  Richmond  ;ind  the 
bottom  lands;  no  mail  service  between  Luling  and 
Rosenberg  for  four  days,  only  a  passenger  each 
way  being  run  between  San  Antonio  and  Rosen- 
berg; no  service  through  to  Houston,  was  the  con- 
ditions during  the  recent  Texas  flood  troubles. 
The  Glidden-LaGrange  branch  was  also  out  of 
service  about  thirty  days. 

Chief  Dispatcher  Bednark,  while  assisting  in  the 
rescue  work  at  Richmond  during  tlie  flood,  was 
suddenly  taken  seriously  ill  with  pneumonia  and 
rushed  to  the  San  Antonio  Sanitorium.  We  wish 
him  a  speedy   recovery. 

Third  Seguin,  Schulenburg  and  Eagle  Lake  und 
Waelder  nights  closed  December  10th,  due  to 
very  light  business  owing  to  recent  floods. 

Bro.  J.  E.  Williams  bid  in  Seguin  third,  vice 
Bro.  Perdue,  to  Sabinal  third;  Bro.  P.  A.  Dunks, 
T.  &  N.  O.,  bid  in  relief  agent;  Bro.  W.  H;.  Holt. 
"N"  San  Antonio,  bid  in  Waelder  days;  Bro.  A. 
L.  Chapa  bid  in  third  Glidden,  vice  Br-^.  Delonge, 
a  new  man,  pending  bulletin;  Bro.  Gentles  has  re- 
lieved Bro.  Jones,  nights  Stafford,  and  Bro.  R. 
M.  Turner  is  on  third  Luling. 

Bro.  Rothe  is  acting  dispatcher  during  Mr. 
Bednark's  absence;  Mr.  McCIure,  chief,  and  Jess 
Walker,  first  trick  dispatcher. 

We  are  sorry  to  hear  of  the  death  of  N.  B. 
Rauling,  roadmaster  for  this  division,  who  was 
injured  when  No.  lO's  engine  exploded  near 
Kirby  during  the  strike.  Our  sympathy  goes  to 
his  family.  It  is  reported  that  a  guard  also  on  the 
engine  died   later  of  injuries. 

Bro.  Ney,  third  east  yard,  was  married  Decem- 
ber 30th.     Congratulations. 

Bro.  Fusselman,  second  Schulenburg,  has  been 
appointed  assistant  correspondent.  Boys,  please 
send  us  the  news.  With  a  little  help  from  you 
we  can  have  a  larger  and  better  write-up.  Please 
help  us  out. 

We  hope  all  who  can  will  attend  the  meeting  at 
San  Antonio  this  month.  Bro.  Cowgill,  our  gen- 
eral  chairman,  will  be  there  and  it  will  be  an 
interesting  meeting.  Certs.  2303  and  28n. 

Whereas,    In    His   infinite   wisdom,   the   Father 
has  seen  fit  to  take  from  this  life  and  from  her 

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sorrowing    parents,    Bro.    M.    H.    Burkhalter    and 
wife,  their  infant  daughter,  Nioma  Otera,  and 

Whereas,  We  can  realize  to  some  extent  the 
grief  of  the  family  at  the  loss  of  this  promising 
young  life;   therefore  be  it 

Resolved,  That  we  offer  to  Bro.  Burkhalter  and 
wife  the  heartfelt  sympathy  of  every  member  of 
this  organization  in  their  great  loss,  and  be  it 

Resolved,  That  these  resolutions  be  forwarded 
to  the  bereaved  family  and  a  copy  sent  for  publi- 
cation in  the  columns  of  our  official  publication, 
The  Railroad  Telegrapher. 

W.  L.  Holt,  Cert  537,  Div.  53, 

Waelder,  Texas, 

Northern  Pacific  Ry. 

Idaho  Division — 

All  Members:  We  are  face  to  face  with  a 
very  serious  situation,  which  has  been  slowly 
developing  for  some  time  past,  although  there  may 
be  those  in  our  ranks  who  have  not  s'ven  heed 
to  its  import.  I  refer  to  the  matter  of  the  in- 
stallation of  the  automatic  block  on  the  main  line 
of  this  and  other  divisions,  the  consequent  closing 
of  telegraph  positions  and  the  forcing  of  great 
numbers  of  our  men  out  of  employment,  which  is 
only  made  possible  by  the  installation  of  outside 
telephone  booths  and  utilizing  of  train-  and  engine- 
men  for  the  purpose  of  taking  train  orders  over 
the  telephoqe.  Within  the  past  two  weeks,  the 
second  and  third  tricks  have  been  closed  at  Coco- 
lalla  and  arrangements  whereby  the  trainmen  may 
copy  their  own  orders  if  stuck  at  Cocolalla  during 
the  thirteen  hours  of  the  day  and  night  when  no 
telegraphers  are  on  duty.  Since  the  installation 
of  the  twenty-eight  miles  of  automatic  block  be- 
tween Athol  and  Sand  Point  about  nine  months 
ago,  seven  positions  have  been  Abolished  out  of 
a  total  of  fifteen  positions  previous  to  that  time. 
Outside  telephone  booths  have  been  provided  for 
tTaiimien  at  Lignite,  Algoma,  Cocolalla  and  Carey- 
wood,  and  train-  and  enginemen  are  now  doing 
the  work  for  nothing  for  which  the  seven  teleg- 
raphers I  mention  formerly  received  approximately 
$525.00  per  month. 

It  is  said  that  within  the  next  year  the  auto- 
matic block  will  be  extended  over  the  entire  main 
line  of  this  division,  and  as  far  as  Missoula  on 
the  Rocky  Mountain  Division.  Judging  the  future 
by  the  past  we  are  due  to  lose  about  fifteen  or 
twenty  more  positions  on  this  division  when  the 
entire  main  line  is  equipped  with  automatic  and 
trainmen's  telephone  booths,  and  if  the  tiain-  «nd 
enginemen  continue  to  be  as  obliging  and  anxious 
to  get  over  the  road  in  the  future  it  is  entirely 
possible  that  the  company  may  be  able  to  do 
away  with  more  than  half  of  our  positions.  This 
situation  is  one  that  we  must  meet  and  overcome, 
or  it  will  eventually  overcome  us. 

There  are  two  important  points  to  be  taken  into 
consideration  in  shaping  our  future  course  of 
action  with  regard  to  this  matter.  The  first,  the 
legal  phase,  as  to  whether  the  framers  of  the 
hours-of-service  law,  which  provides  for  a  thirteen- 

hour  day  for  telegraphers  where  but  one  is  em- 
ployed and  a  nine-hour  day  where  two  or  more 
are  employed,  intended  that  the  law  should  be 
evaded  through  the  process  of  obliterating  teleg- 
raphers by  using  trainmen  to  do  the  work,  and 
that  the  law  should  become  inoperative  when 
train-  or  enginemen,  by  process  of  railway  evolu- 
tion, hai  entirely  supplanted  the  telegrapher.  It 
is  evident  to  every  telegrapher  who  has  paid  any 
attention  to  the  copying  of  telephone  orders  by 
trainmen  that  it  is  a  dangerous  proposition  and 
one  that,  in  the  interest  of  public  safety,  should 
not  be  permitted.  If  it  is  dangerous  to  the  travel- 
ing public  for  a  telegiapher  to  remain  on  duty 
and  handle  orders  pertaining  to  the  movement  of 
trains,  after  nine  hours  of  service,  how  can  it 
be  safe  for  a  trainman  to  copy  train  orders — 
something  which  is  outside  of  his  regular  line  of 
work — and  remain  on  duty  for  a  period  of  sixteen 
hours?  Such  action  might  be  permissible  in  the 
case  of  an  emergency,  such  as  wrecks,  snowslides 
or  washouts,  but  it  can  hardly  be  considered  an 
emergency  when  the  company  stages  the  act  in 
advance  and  dispatchers  instruct  conductors  to 
call  up  at  certain  points  and  get  additional  orders^ 
providing  their  trains  are  delayed  or  do  not  make 
estimated  running  time.  From  a  technical  point, 
the  process  enumerated  may  not  constitute  a  vio- 
lation of  the  telegraphers'  hours-of-service  law,  but 
they  do  constitute  a  moral  violation,  and  if  the 
law  is  not  framed  to  put  a  stop  to  such  practices 
it  should  be  amended  to  make  it  possible  to  do  so. 
The  second  point  is  the  obligation  of  the  brother- 
hoods of  train-  and  enginemen  to  deal  fairly  with 
the  telegraphers  in  the  railway  field  of  labor.  We 
are  a  bona  fide  labor  organization,  working  under 
a  schedule  which  was  drafted  for  the  protection 
of  our  members  and  the  advancement  of  their 
interests.  We  recognize  the  four  brotherhoods 
having  jurisdiction  over  the  train-  and  enginemen 
as  kindred  organizations,  and  we  respect  their 
various  schedules,  doing  nothing  that  will  prove 
detrimental  to  their  best  interests.  When,  by  their 
actions,  as  hereinbefore  set  forth,  they  make  it 
possible  for  the  company  to  crowd  seven  of  our 
.  men  out  of  employment  on  a  28-mile  strip  of 
track,  we  feel  that  it  is  time  for  us  to  ask  and 
demand  that  this  piracy  of  other  organizations 
upon  the  members  of  our  own  be  stopped.  Taking 
train  orders  is  not  a  part  of  the  duty  of  a  train- 
or  engineman  and  the  respective  brotherhoods 
should  not  tolerate  such  work,  when  it  is  plainly 
apparent  that  it  is  daily  crowding  more  and  more 
of  our  men  out  of  employment.  We  have  no  fear 
of  the  telephone  and  will  handle  any  situation  that 
arises  from  its  use  if  the  men  in  other  departments 
will  keep  hands  off  our  work,  and  when  those 
men  are  uniofi  men — members  of  other  railway 
brotherhoods — if  they  can  not  singly,  decline  to 
do  this  class  of  work,  we  should  all  voice  our  pro- 
tests in  unison  to  the  President  of  our  Order  until 
representations  are  made  to  the  Grand  Officers  of 
the  other  Brotherhoods  that  will  in  the  near  future 
promote  schedule  legislation  that  will  prohibit  a 
train-  or  engineman  taking  an  order  on  telephone, 
except  in  case  of  extreme  emergency.     We  do  not 

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expect  to  perform  any  work  outside  of  our  regu- 
lar duties  that  would  help  to  throw  any  train-  or 
cnginemen  out  of  employment,  and,  in  fact,  would 
decline  to  do  anything  of  the  Sand  if  called  upon. 
We  expect  the  same  consideration  and  respect 
frnai  the  men  in  those  departments,  and  must  in- 
sist upon  getting  it  if  we  expeot  to  be  a  factor  in 
the  railroad  operation  of  the  future. 

It  is  rumored  that  some  of  the  organizations 
mtntioned  contemplalc  asking  in  their  next  sched- 
ule, revision  for  st)ecial  remuneration  of  fifty  cents 
for  each  order  taken  on  telephone  by  their  men. 
We  have  this  class  of  work  covered  by  schedule 
contract  and  it  would  constitute  a  bad  breach  of 
faith,  to  say  the  least,  for  any  other  railway  or- 
ganization to  cut  in  on  our  schedule. 

Every  telegrapher  is  requested  to  watch  this 
matter  closely  and  wherever  a  position  is  closed 
and  train-  and  enginemcn  pi3ceed  to  do  the  order 
work  by  telephone,  make  a  report  of  same  to 
General  Chairman  Sam  Johnson  and  to  President 
H.  B.  Perham,  and  voice  your  protest  in  no 
uncertain  terms. 

The  time  has  arrived  for  us  to  be  up  and  doing, 
and  if  we  are  forced  to  fight  for  our  existence, 
let  us  begin  fighting  now  so  that  we  may  have 
every  advantage  that  goes  with  the  fellow  that 
lands  the  first  blow.  Yours  fraternally, 

B.  E.  Nason,  L.  C. 

Idaho  Di'MioH — 

Recent  assignments:  Second  Paradise,  Bro. 
Hazen;  third  Hope,  Bro.  Johnson;  third  Tuscor, 
Bro.  Cahill;  first  Moscow,  Bro.  McCusker;  agent- 
operator  Trout  Creek,  Bro.  Marshall;  Tuscor,  Bro. 
Kay,  Govan,  Bro.  Partridge;  operator  Palouse, 
Bro.  Lukanitsch. 

Bro.  Williams,  second  Thompson  Falls,  on  a 
trip  to   Spokane,  relieved  by  Bro.  Mays. 

Bro.  and  Sister  Stevens  and  Miss  Murphy,  of 
Kildee,  spending  a  holiday  vacation  at  Bro.  Ste- 
vens' old  home  in  Nebraska,  relieved  by  Bros. 
B.  F.  Mays  and  W.  T.  Garrett  and  Mr.  Vawter. 
The  latter  will  join  if  working  January   1st. 

Sister  Marshall  bumped  Bro.  Taylor  on  second 
Trout  Creek,  who  bumped  Mr.  Harned  on  third 
there,  who  bumped  Bro.  Thompson  at  Childs,  on 
vacation  with  home  folks  in  Ohio.  Later  Coco- 
lalla  second  and  third  closed,  Bro.  Gephart  bump- 
ing Bro.  Taylor  on  third  Trout  Creek,  who  biunped 
Bro.    Stephens,   Plaza  agency,  not  yet  located. 

Bro.  LaMoreaux,  third  Cocolalla,  bumped  Bro. 
Griffith,  Furlong,  who  bumped  Bro.  Bartley,  third 
Clarks  Fork,  who  bumped  Bro.  Johnson,  third 
Hope,  not  yet  landed. 

Bro.  Underbill,  second  Hope,  relieved  on  ac- 
count of  sickness  by  Non  Clarke,  who  fell  down 
on  Govan  agency. 

Bro.  Bailey  has  resumed  at  Oden,  after  an  ex- 
tended vacation,  relieved  by  our  new  brother,  C. 
A.  Markham. 

Bro.  Davidson,  second  trick  Kootenai,  and  fam- 
ily, are  enjoying  a  vacation  with  home  folks  in  ihe 
"show  me"  State,  relieved  by  Bro.  Meyers  and 
later  by  Bro.  Holmes. 

Bro.  Lee  is  on  first  Ramsey  pejiding  bulletin, 
and  Sister  Gephart  is  temporarily  on  third  thete. 

Bro.  Schneider,  second  Rathdrum,  on  vacation 
in  Minnesota,  relieved  by  Bro.  Jackewitz. 

Bro.  Briggs,  third  Hauser,  on  vacation,  relieved 
by  Bro.  C.  A.  Johnson. 

On  December  3rd  Engineer  "Coyote"  Smith, 
pulling  passenger  train  No.  3,  passed  several  sec- 
ond district  offices  from  two  to  six  mmutes  ahead 
of  time.  This  is  the  engineer  who,  with  a  teleg- 
rapher, was  mixed  up  in  the  improper  handling 
of  orders,  whereby  the  telegrapher  was  discharged, 
but  he  only  drew  twenty  days  because  of  his  "pre- 
vious good  record."  He  does  not  belong  to  the 
B.  of  L.  ,E. 

Bro.  ^Iver  was  the  only  one  who  sent  us  notes 
this  month.  All  the  members  are  urged  to  send 
the  news  to  Bro.  Nason,  not  later  than  the  20th 
of  each  month. 

New  seniority  lists  will  be  printed  and  distrib- 
uted immediately  after  the  first  of  the  year.  If 
any  are  overlooked,  drop  a  line  to  Bro.  Nason, 
and  a  copy  will  be  supplied.  It  is  expected  that 
the  "Union  Directory  and.  Year  Book"  will  also 
be  issued  shortly  after  the  first  of  the  year,  but 
there  may  be  some  delay  in  getting  all  of  the  five 
organizations  lined  up  with  their  lists.  As  soon 
as  printed  they  will  be  mailed  to  all  members. 

New  members  since  the  last  write-up  are:  Bros. 
McCormick,  Patterson,  Harman,  G.  W.  Meyers, 
Markham  and  Cruser.  We  gladly  welcome  these 
brothers  to  our  ranks. 

Bro.  E.  P.  Wilcoxon  and  family  have  returned 
from  an  extended  vacation  with  home  folks  in 
Searcy,  Ark.,  and  other  southern  points,  and  Bro. 
Ed  has  resumed  work  as  agent  at  Almira.  Nons 
on  the  C.  W.  branch  will  now  have  to  take  to 

We  understand  that  application  has  been  made 
for  the  next  convention  of  the  Royal  Moochers, 
to  be  held  at  Rcardan,  Wash.  Although  they  have 
but  one  man  at  that  place  eligible  for  member- 
ship, what  is  lacking  in  numbers  is  made  up  in 
the  qualificaitions  of  this  party. 

Remember,  "No  card,  no  favors."  Don't  play 
a  good  fellow  with  the  man  who  does  not  carry 
a  card.  Transact  your  business  with  him  in  a  gen- 
tlemanly or  ladylike  manner,  and  then  give  him 
to  understand  that  you  do  not  care  to  get  on  a 
friendly  basis  with  one  who  is  so  lacking  in  the 
proper  spirit  of  justice  and  fair  dealing. 

Div.  Cor. 

Montana  Division — 

Now  that  we  are  passing  through  the  Christmas 
and  New  Year  tide  and  your  local  chairman  always 
believing  in  the  Golden  Rule,  trusts  that  not  only 
the  brothers  and  sisters,  but  the  non-members  as 
well,  had  a  merry  Christmas  and  will  have 
a  happy  New  Year,  and  that  all  will  begin  the 
year  by  rendering  all  possible  assistance  in  bring- 
ing into  the  fold  all  the  non-members  and  also  a 
few  delinquents  now  on  the  list. 

We  wish  to  thank  the  brothers  and  sisters  who 
have  assisted  us  in  matters  of  news  as  well  as 
locating  new  men  coming  on  the  division. 

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If  all  the  brothers  would  let  their  local  chair- 
man know  the  names  of  new  men  as  well  as  the 
changes  at  their  respective  stations,  it  would 
lighten  the  work  very  materially. 

Your  local  chairman  wishes  to  congratulate  Bro. 
Riley  on  his  deserved  promotion  to  the  agency  at 
Columbus — one  of  the  most  important  stations  on 
the  division*  and  sincerely  trusts  that,  although 
Columbus  is  an  exclusive  agency  and  not  on  our 
seniority  list,  that  he  may  continue  a  brother  of 
"Fighting  54,"  instead  of  Agoing  into  the  Grand 
Division,  so  that  we  may  continue  to  have  him 
at  our  meetings  and  listen  to  his  words  of  wisdom 
and  instructiveness. 

We  also  wish  to  congratulate  Bro.  Brown  on  his 
appointment  to  the  agency  at  Grey  Cliff,  which, 
although  not  an  exclusive  point,  is  nevertheless  an 
important  station.  Business  holds  up  remarkably 
well,  only  one  operator  at  Laurel  yard  and  one  at 
Livingston  having  been  taken  off. 

There  was  a  rumor  that  many  more  would  be 
let  out,  but  business  apparently  is  more  than  hold- 
ing its  own,  so  we  do  not  expect  any  radical  re- 
dwrtions.  Quite  a  number  of  the  men  in  the 
machine  shops  at  both  Laurel  and  Livingston  have 
been  laid  off,  also  section  foremen's  help,  but 
understand  only  for  two  or  three  weeks. 

Andrews  and  Broderick  went  to  Townsend  while 

Agent   Anderson    was    on    vacation.      Bro.    Gentry 

opened  up  Waterloo,  which  will  soon  be  bulletined. 

Bros.   Smith  and  Bowers  are  at  Bozeman  while 

Mr.  Atwood  is  on  his  farm  near  Great  Falls. 

Bro.  Douglas,  Grey  Cliff,  off  a  few  days  sick, 
was  relieved  by  Mr.  Threet.  Bro.  Defoe  was  off 
a  month  hunting  and  looking  after  his  imported 
ciuckens.  He  certainly  has  a  fine  flock.  Bro. 
Atherton,  from  the  Rock  Island  Lines,  who  re- 
lieved, has  been  transferred  to  "Fighting  54." 

Bro.  Williams  is  relieving  Bro.  Tronstadt  for 
a  month. 

Bro.  Garry  has  gone  to  Canada. 
Bro.   Herrick's  wife  and  daughter  Kathleen,   of 
Bozeman,  have  returned  from  an  extended  visit  in 

Bro.  Pidgeon  relieved  Bowers  at  Bozeman, 
who  went  to  Whitehall,  where  Bro.  Brown  was 
relieved  by  Mr.  Conkling,  a  new  man,  who  later 
relieved  Bro.  Haines  at  Logan,  who  is  off  to  the 
East.  We  hope  he  has  a  pleasant  trip  and  a  good 

Mr.  Tidd,  West  End,  returned  from  a  vacation, 
relieving  Bro.  Roc,  who  relieved  Bro.  Zepp  at 
"S,"  who  went  to  "BG." 

Bro.  Harlan,  Chestnut,  recently  returned  from 
a  hunting  trip,  relieved  by  Mr.  Daniels,  who  later 
relieved  Bro.  Johnson  at  Park  City. 

Bro.  McDowell,  Townsend,  has  taken  up  farm- 
ing, relieved  by  Mooney. 

Mr.  Welliver,  Pony,  on  vacation,  relieved  by 
Mr.  Friedcll. 

Bro.  Wayne  relieved  Agent  Linn,  at  Fromberg, 
while  attending  court  at  Bozeman. 

Bro.  Bowers,  at  Logan,  relieved  on  vacation*  by 
Murphy,  and  he  by  Carpenter,  later  resigned. 

Bro.  Breneman,  Three  Forks,  on  vacation,  re- 
lieved by  Mr.  Agnew,  who  later  relieved  Dodds 
at  Alder  for  vacation. 

Mr,  Hale  relieved  Chandler  at  Toston,  resigned. 

Mr.  Keyes  relieved  Lueke  at  Belgrade,  taken 
into  "VS"  while  Bro.  Conrad  and  wife  are  East 
on  vacation. 

Bro.  Perkins  resigned  Livingston  car  job,  re- 
lieved by  Bro.  Carleton,  and  is  now  on  second 
Toston,  and  his  wife  is  on  third.  We  hear  they 
are  soon  to  have  a  touring  car. 
,  One  operator  taken  off  in  "VS,"  which,  when 
the  extra  dispatcher  works  lets  the  men  back  to 
"VS,"  will  leave  Operator  Sheffler  on  the  extra 

Recent  assignments:  Second  Toston,  Bro.  Carle- 
ton;  third  Belgrade,  Bro.  Lueke;  first  Mission, 
Mr.  Brookings;  third  Reed  Point,  Bro.  McLaugh- 
lin; third  Townsend,  H.  C.  Riddle;  second  Hop- 
pers, Sister  Hurt;  third  Winston,  Bro.  Gentry; 
third  East  Helena,  Mr.  Sawyer;  third  Mission, 
Bro.  Dahl;  third  Hoppers,  Bro.  Tietz;  5  a.  m.  in 
"VS,"  Mr.  Sheffler;  third  Park  City,  Bro.  Tur- 
vey;  third  Homestake,  Mr.  Lynch;  second  W. 
Butte,  W.  R.  McDowell;  third  Laurel  yard,  Bro. 
Unger;  third  "GN"  Jet.,  Mr.  Nelson;  4  p.  m. 
"BG,"  Bro.  Zepp;  third  "BG,"  Mr.  Stevic;  oper- 
ator Bridger,  H.  C.  Riddle;  first  Belgrade,  Bro. 
Skelley;  agent-operator  Grey  Cliff,  Bro.  Brown; 
third  "S,"  Bro.  Strachan;  third  Whitehall,  Bro. 
Calhammer;  second  Logan,  Bro.  Strachan;  third 
Logan,  Bro.  Gentry;  second  Belgrade,  Mr.  Agnew; 
second  Toston,  Bro.  Perkins;  first  Whitehall,  Bro. 
Lofgren;    agent    operator    Waterloo,    Mr.    Lynch. 

Now  on  bulletin:  Second  Whitehall  and  Lom- 
bard, and  third  "S"  office,  Homestake  and  Wins- 

Sister  Sullivan,  Springdale,  was  recently  on  a 
week's  vacation,  relieved  by  a  new  man,  Mr.  Dur- 
ham, who  later  relieved  Mrs.  Pidgeon  at  Lombard 
while  she  and  her  husband,  Bro.  Pidgeon,  are  on 
holiday  vacation  East.  Mr.  Friedell,  extra  agent, 
is  at  Grey  Cliff  until  Bro.  Brown  gets  on  the  job. 


Dakota  Division — 

The  secret  to  success  is  to  work  without  ceasing 
in  lining  up  the  nons  and  then  holding  them  up 
to  date  after  makipg  the  first  payment,  as  the 
large  army  of  O.  R.  T.  members  becomes  more 
aware  of  the  fact,  as  time  progresses,  that  they 
are  carrying  a  $1,000,  $500  or  $300  insurance  pol- 
icy in  a  proven  strong  and  steadily  growing  con- 
cern at  a  cheaper  rate  than  the  majority,  then 
they  will  plan  ahead  to  meet  the  assessments  and 
dues  when  due.  Preach  and  urge  this  upon  the 
new  members,  and  then  let's  all  practice  what  we 
sermonize   on. 

As  these  notes  are  compiled  just  before  Christ- 
mas, I  am  glad  to  announce  the  Stanton  and 
Linton  branches  are  solid;  the  Mott  branch  solid 
with  one  exception,  whom  we  feel  sure  will  soon 
be  with  us;  the  main  line  is  like  a  rock  with  the 
exception  of  G.  V.  Skinner,  third  Medina;  C.  R. 
Jolley,  at  Berner;  C.  H.  Boyle  and  Guy  Rich  at 
"J,"  with  the  first  and  last  named  promising  to  be 

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with  us  soon.     With  a  little   more  help  from   the 
brothers      on      the      Pingree-Wilton,      Carrington, 
Oberon,  Leeds  ahd  Oakes  branches,  we  will  have  ' 
in    all    the    eligible    nons     before     many     months 
slide   by. 

The  seniority  list  shows  an  even  100 — 78  mem- 
bers, 5  not  eligible,  3  seemingly  "hardshells," 
which  leaves  just  14  nons  who  are  bright  pros- 
pects, making  the  Dakota  Division  86  per  cent 
strong,  certainly  a  most  creditable  showing  and 
firm  footing  in  starting  the  new  year. 

Extend  the  glad  hand  to  the  following  new 
brothers:  Jos.  Smith,  third  Burleigh;  W.  L. 
West,  first  Bismarck;  O.  C.  Baker,  third  "JY" 
temporarily;  R.  M.  Monteil,  agent  Glover;  A.  J. 
Kelly,  third  Dawson;  G.  A.  Snell,  agent  Cannon 
Ball;  A.  C.  Diehl,  agent  Gwyther;  B.  E.  Donley, 
agent  Temvick;  G.  W.  Fisher,  agent  Fort  Qarke; 
with  four  sets  of  blanks  out  but  not  received  to 
date.  Watch  the  Dakota  lead  the  N.  P.  System 
before  many  moons.  Put  *er  in  the  corner,  boys, 
and  give  'em  the  works. 

Bro.  G.  E,  Streukens  is  back  on  second  Wind- 
sor, after  successfully  undergoing  an  operation  at 

The  fourth  trick  was  pulled  off  at  "J»"  owing 
to  slack  business,  Bro.  Poindexter  bumping  Bro. 
Banger  on  third  Bismarck,  who  bumped  Conover, 
third  Steele. 

Have  received  much  valuable  assistance  from 
several  of  the  more  enthusiastic  brothers  the  past 
month,  which  aided  wonderfully  in  bringing  re- 

A  general  reducing  of  operators,  helpers,  etc., 
took  place  in  December  to  offset  the  decrease  in 
revenue  to  the  company  through  business  falling 
off.  We  are  not  alone  in  hoping  that  business 
will  soon  attain  its  former  volume  and  not  many 
months  elapse  until  all  will  be  taken  back. 

Bro.  J.  O.  Wright,  assigned  second  Burleigh, 
relieved  delinquent  Bro.  Boelter  at  Adrian,  com- 
pelled to  return  to  the  hospital  for  a  second  opera- 

Bro.  O.  C.  Baker  relieved  Bro.  B.  H.  O'Hara 
on  second  Sterling  while  on  jury  service  at  Bis- 

Bro.  B.  C.  Brockhoff  has  assumed  agency  at 
Carson,  relieved  by  Bro.  Toyen  at  Melville,  Bro. 
Jaynes  going  to  McKenzie.  Bro.  J.  F.  Purdy, 
operator-clerk  Mott,  resigned  and  left  for  sunny 
California,  where  he  intends  to  engage  in  other 
business.  We  regret  to  lose  "Jack,"  but  not  half 
as  much  as  some  of  the  fairer  sex  at  Mott.  (Bro. 
Smith  tipped  this  off.)  He  was  relieved  by  C.  V. 
Ellison,  from  the  Soo  Line.  Bro.  John  Smith, 
agent  Mott,  is  growing  thin  while  baching  during 
his  wife's  absence. 

While  we  are  looking  forward  and  contemplat- 
ing great  strides  towards  a  stronger  O.  R.  T., 
let  us  not  forget  to  apply  ourselves  energetically 
in  our  daily  work  for  the  general  welfare  and  in- 
crease of  revenue  at  each  and  every  station  of 
the  Northern  Pacific  Railway.  It  is  through  this 
building  up  by  individual  effort,  mixed  with  a 
courteous  manner  to  the  public,  that  sustains  its 
already  high  reputation,  and,  even  though  we  are 

not  ofteh  rewarded  or  commended  individually, 
it  reflects  in  a  meritorious  way  on  our  organization 
as  a  whole. 

Allow  me  to  caution  each  and  every  brother 
once  again  about  remitting  for  your  dues  and  as- 
sessment not  later  than  February  pay-day  and 
not  become  delinquent.  When  you  think  you  can 
not  afford  it  on  that  payday,  just  reverse  the 
situation  and  come  to  the  realization  that  you 
can  not  afford  to  let  your  insurance  policy  lapse. 

Admonishing  you  to  lay  a  trifle  more  stress  upon 
"Have  you  got  a  card"  before  granting  "that" 
favor,  and  as  you  believe  in  your  profession  and 
believe  in  your  company,  let  me  ask  you  to  get 
down  to  hard  work  and  "hit  the  line  hard." 
Yours  in  earnest, 

H.  H.  Ellsworth,  L.  C. 

To  the  Members  of  the  Tacoma  Division — 

Having  just'  completed  a  ten  days'  tour  of  the 
division,  I  am  glad  to  report  that  the  Tacoma  Divi- 
sion is  in  better  condition,  from  the  standpoint 
of  unionism,  than  it  has  been  for  a  long  time,  and 
as  we  close  the  year  1913  we  can  look  back  over 
a  year  that,  has  been  full  of  advancements  for 
the  laboring  class  as  a  whole.  It  is  indeed  encour- 
aging to  find  how  large  a  number  of  laboring 
men  are  beginning  to  educate  themselves  both 
along  economic  and  industrial  lines,  are  taking  an 
interest  in  all  questions  pertaining  to  the  better- 
ment of  their  working  conditions  and  are  also 
coming  to  a  realization  of  the  fact  that  the  labor- 
ing nian  is  all  powerful  if  he  will  but  act  in 
unison  with  his  brother  and  not  be  the  humble 
tool  of  selfish  interests. 

I  wish  to  thank  each  member  of  the  division 
for  the  support  given  me  during  the  past  year 
and  ask  your  continuance  during  1914.  I  will 
continue  to  serve  you  during  the  coming  year 
to  the  best  of  my  ability  and  hope  that  ray  efforts 
will  meet  with  your  approval. 

At  this  time  I  wish  to  speak  of  the  aroused 
enthusiasm  of  so  many  of  our  members.  New  life 
seems  to  have  been  born  into  a  great  many  of  us 
during  the  past  three  months  and  if  this  interest 
is  kept  alive  during  the  coming  term  we  will 
claim  the  Tacoma  Division  solid  for  the  O.  R.  T. 
by  June,  1914. 

Do  not  neglect  to  send  me  a  list  of  any  changes 
you  may  note  at  your  station  or  others  with  whom 
you  are  in  touch.  If  a  new  man  shows  up,  find 
out  at  once  if  he  is  a  member.  If  so,  give  me 
his  certificate  and  division  number  so  that  we  may 
arrange  for  his  transfer  to  our  division.  If  not 
a  member  do  the  best  you  can  to  show  him  the 
error  of  his  way  and  bring  him  into  the  fold  of 
the  O.  R.  T. 

One  other  matter  I  wish  to  bring  to  your  atten- 
tion. I  have  asked  you  in  the  past  to  send  me  a 
copy  of  any  applications  for  positions  which  are 
open.  This  has  not  been  done  except  in  a  few 
cases  and  it  leaves  your  local  chairman  in  the 
da;-k  as  to  whom  are  entitled  to  an  assignment. 
Please  do  not  neglect  to  send  me  a  coj»y  of  these 
applications  during  the  coming  year. 

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Again  thanking  you  for  your  kindness  and  your 
hearty  support,  and  wishing  you  a  happy  New 
Year,  I  remain.  Yours  fraternally, 

R,  F.  Graham,  L.  C. 

Tacoma  Division  Notes — 

The  year  1913  having  been  a  successful  one  for 
the  railroad  operators  in  this  country,  it  behooves 
us  all  to  work  more  towards  solid  organization,  as 
only  through  organization  have  we  attained  this 
success.  Only  when  we  compare  the  salaries  of 
today  with  those  paid  just  a  few  years  back  can 
we  realize  what  the  O.  R.  T.  is  and  what  it  means 
to  us.  There  are  a  lot  of  conditions  to  be  bettered 
but   this   can   only   be   done   through   co-operation. 

From  a  financial  standpoint  we  are  in  a  better 
condition  now  than  at  any  time  during  the  life 
of  our  Order.  Brothers  and  sisters,  we  must  all 
work  together  in  building  up  our  Order,  as  we 
are  all  stockholders  and  draw  a  large  dividend  on 
our  money  invested. 

There  are  still  a  few  telegraphers  on  this  divi- 
sion, receiving  the  increase  in  salary,  better  work- 
ing conditions,  etc.,  who  refuse  to  invest  one  cent 
in  an  organization  with  over  50,000  stockholders, 
which  guarantees  one  of  the  largest  returns  of 
any  on  so  small  amount  invested.  These  drones, 
contintially  howling  for  more,  must  be  shown  that 
the  way  to  get  better  conditions  is  to  join  us  and 
help  their  fellow  workmen.  They  can  start  the 
New  Year  in  no  better  way  than  by  getting  an 
O.  R.  T.  card  and  an  insurance  policy  for  their 
wives  or  mothers.  Let  us  make  this  a  banner 
year  for  the  Tacoma  Division. 

There  have  been  a  number  of  changes  recently, 
but  as  I  am  working  second  trick  and  account  of 
reduction  in  office  force,  I  have  not  had  time  to 
secure  them,  and  no  one  has  sent  me  any  of  them. 

At  the  meeting  held  in  Tacoma,  December  7th, 
it  was  decided  to  give  another  dance,  and  Bros. 
Peck,  Sherwood  and  Henderson  were  appointed 
a  committee  to  arrange  a  date,  etc.,  which  will 
probably  be  February  21st  at  Tenino. 

We  want  the  co-operation  of  all  the  members 
to  make  it  a  grand  success.  You  will  be  furnished 
tickets  and  advertising  matter  about  two  weeks 
before  the  date  decided  on.  When  you  receive 
them  put  up  the  cards  in  a  conspicuous  place  and 
dispose  of  as  many  tickets  as  you  possibly  can. 

Ceiit.  878. 

Ellbnsburg,  Wash.,  December  15,  1913. 
To  All   Members   Seattle  Division — 

The  matter  of  devising  some  way  of  maintaining 
a  division  fund  has  been  talked  over  among  a  few 
of  the  brothers,  and  I  ifrould  like  to  offer  a  few 
arguments  in  support  of  the  movement. 

This  is  a  matter  of  vital  importance  to  every 
member.  With  the  money  on  hand  the  local  divi- 
sion officers  would  be  enabled  to  relieve  a  membt^r 
in  distress,  purchase  flowers  for  a  sick  member, 
or  for  the  funeral  of  a  deceased  member,  without 
going  through  the  slow  and  cumbersome  process 
of  sending  a  subscription  paper  over  the  division. 
The   reUef    would    be    prompt    and   effective    and 

each  member  would  have  the  pleasure  of  knowing 
that   he   or   she   had  assisted   and   that   each   had  . 
contributed   an   equal   amount. 

It  is  almost  impossible  to  reach  each  member  > 
with  a  subscription  paper,  and  members  do  not 
like  to  be  called  on  frequently  in  this  manner, 
while  the  small  amount  required  by  a  monthly 
assessment  would  not  be  burdensome,  in  fact,  it 
would  not  be  missed,  even  by  the  poorest  of  us. 

It  seems  to  me  that  each  member  who  has  any 
realization  of  his  responsibilities  should  blush  with 
shame  when  he  considers  the  fact  that  the  number 
of  Thb  Telegraph  BR  which  proudly  referred  to 
the  million  dollar  assets  of  the  Order  also  con- 
tained an  appeal  for  assistance  from  a  poor,  sick 
and  down-and-out  brother,  with  a  family,  and  that 
we  have  made  no  provision  for  caring  for  such 
cases,  and  also  that  with  over  40,000  members  less 
than  125  responded  to  this  appeal. 

Until  some  provision  is  made  by  the  Order  for 
assisting  our  brothers,  who  are  in  need  through 
sickness  or  misfortune,  each  division  should  main- 
tain a  fund  for  the  purposes  previously  stated, 
and  in  such  cases  a&  those  recently  published  in 
TifE  Telegrapher  the  local  chairman  should  be 
authorized  to  promptly  remit  a  substantial  sum 
for  the   relief  of  the  brother  in  distress. 

An  assessment  of  10  cents  a  month  or  30  cents 
per  quarter  has  been  suggested.  Personally,  I 
favor  the  plan  of  paying  monthly,  as  the  members 
would  be  more  likely  to  think  of  it  each  time  they 
drew  their  pay  check,  while  if  it  was  made  quar- 
terly they  would  be  liable  to  forget  it  unless  notices 
were  mailed,  and  this  would  entail  considerable 
trouble  and  expense. 

All  the  members  at  a  station,  or  several  stations 
for  that  matter,  could  put  their  assessments  to- 
gether for  the  purpose  of  convenience  in  cemitting. 

The  local  chairman  will  probably  put  the  matter 
to  a  vote  in  the  near  future,  and  I  hope  that  all 
the  members  will  not  obly  vote  for  it,  but  will 
also   remit  the   assessments  promptly. 

Jessb  Waters,  Cert.  85. 

Seattle  Division  Notes — 

Bro.  Palmer  is  relieving  Bro.  Branin,  Maltby 
nights,  visiting  with   his  mother  in  California. 

Bro.  Pearson,  Bothell,  bid  in  Issaquah  agency, 
vice    Bro.    Griffiths,   visiting   in    California.    . 

Bro.  Bergum  is  working  first  in  Woodinville 
temporarily  while  the  gravel  trains  are  on. 

Bros.  Earp,  Pangle  and  Operator  Mclntyre, 
first,  second  and  third  Arlington,  were  each  re- 
lieved by  Mr.  Roper,  now  agent  at  Bryant.  About 
time  Roper  got  a  card. 

Bro.  Ed.  Johnstone,  assigned  Acme  agency,  was 
married  a  few  weeks  ago.  We  all  extend  him  our 
best  wishes. 

Bro.  Kilhefner,  second  Auburn  Transfer,  off  two 
weeks  getting  married,  was  bumped  by  Mr.  I^om, 
and  bumped  Bro.  Trainor,  second  Sedro-Woolley. 
Bro.  Waters,  manager  Ellensburg,  relieved  a  few 
days  by  Mr.  Arnold,  days  there,  discontinued, 
later  bumped  Mr.  Isom,  third   Everett. 

Bro.  Mounce,  agent  Thorp,  off  on  account  of 
sickness,  was  relieved  by  Bro.  Hainsworth. 

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Sister  Johnson,  third  Upham,  spent  Thanks- 
giving with  friends  at  Kanaskat. 

Bro.  Briggs,  second  Easton,  spent  a  few  days 
in  Seattle  recently,  relieved  by  Mr.  Hart. 

Sister  A.  A.  Rivett,  second  Borup,  spent  a  very 
pleasant  day  at  Upham  recently. 

Bro.  Bayer,  third  Borup,  has  had  unusual  good 
luck  this  fall,  killing  two  deer  and  gaining  laurels 
in  the  game  of  "500."  Sister  Bayer,  first  Borup, 
was  relieved  a  few  days  by  Sister  Morgan. 

Bro.  S.  A.  Baker,  first  Martin,  and  bride,  have 
returned  from  an  extended  visit  East  and  South. 
We  all  extend  heartiest  congratulations  for  a  happy 

Bro.  Parks,  first  Easton,  secured  "CF"  Seattle 
nights,  relieved  by  Bro.  Hammer,  from  Division 
No.  2,  who  Bro.  Anderson  will  see  transfers  to 
No.  54. 

Bro.  Shisler,  first  Clc  Elum,  was  refieved  a 
few  days  by  Bro.  Carr  while  on  an  unsuccessful 
hunt  for  deer  with  Agent  Gillett.  Bro.  Lecper, 
third  Clc  Elum,  relieved  4  few  days  by  Bro. 
Brakhane  to  visit  Sister  Leeper  in  Tacoma  hospital. 

Bro.  and  Sister  Morgan  have  returned  from  a 
visit  East,  Bro.  Morgan  resuming  second  Stam- 
pede and  Sister  Morgan  on  extra  list.  Bro.  and 
Sister  Fenner  have  also  returned  from  vacation, 
Bro.  Fenner  going  to  third  Martin,  Sister  Fen- 
ner to  second  Palmer  Junction. 

Since  the  installation  of  the  automatic  blocks 
between  Auburn  and  Lester  second  and  third  at 
Covington,  Eagle  Gorge  and  Maywood  have  been 
abolished,  night  office  reopened  at  Humphreys  and 
East  Auburn  made  continuous  service,  which  af- 
fects the  following  brothers  and  sisters:  Coving- 
ton— Bro.  Brunk  bumped  Bro.  Cross,  second  Rav- 
ensdale;  Bro.  Webber  to  third  East  Auburn,  pend- 
ing bulletin,  later  relieved  by  Mr.  Horning.  Bro. 
Robinson,  second  Maywood,  bid  in  Humphries 
nights.  Sister  Cleo  Erdman  bumped  Sister  Lecper, 
third  Bristol.  Unable  to  learn  where  the  two 
from  Eagle  Gorge  went. 

Sister  Leeper,  operated  on  at  Tacoma  hospital, 
was  visited  by  Bros,  \villiams  and  Bell  recently 
and  presented  with  a  fine  bunch  of  flowers  from 
the  brothers  and  sisters  of  this  division.  We  are 
pleased  to  learn  that  she  was  getting  along  finely 
and  expects  to  leave  the  hospital  shortly.  The 
flowers  were  very  much  appreciated. 

Oflicials  Messrs.  Craver,  Larrison  and  Campbell 
visited  a  meeting  with  the  first  aid  class  at  Cle 
Elum  on  December  17th  and  were  pleased  with 
the  progress  of  the  class.  The  first  aid  car  visited 
Clc  Elum  on  the  Milwaukee  recently. 

The  weather  on  the  mountain  district  has  been 
exceedingly  fine  this  winter. 

Bro.  Trainor,  second  WooUey,  relieved  Mr. 
Morris  at  Kirkland,  dismissed  for  violation  of 
rule  "G." 

We  are  glad  to  learn  it  will  be  Bro.  Arnold, 
third  Everett;  Bro.  Stoneburner,  third  Snohomish, 
and    Bro.    Isom,   second    Auburn   Transfer,   soon. 


Rocky  Mountain  Division — 

Bro.  Nutter,  from  Birdseye,  is  on  two  months' 
vacation,  visiting  the  folks  back  in  Ohio. 

Mr.  Crjnc,  Austin  third,  was  relieved  for  a 
few  days  by  Mr.  Fuller,  a  new  man,  who  also 
relieved  at  Drummond,  Deer  Lodge  and  Missoula. 
Crane  has  promised  to  fill  out  the  blanks  in  Janu- 
ary. Bros.  Hinton  and  Parks,  second  and  third 
Silver  Bow,  oflF  for  a  few  days  hunting,  relieved 
by  A.  M.  Larson,  a  new  man,  who  also  relieved 
Bro.  Wiley,  Drummond  first,  a  few  days. 

Mr.  Stevens,  Garrison  first,  off  for  a  month,  re- 
lieved by  G.  M.  Campbell,  a  new  man,  who  will 
fill  out  his  blanks  as  soon  as  he  gets  a  few  pay 

Bro.  Day,  EUiston  third,  off  thirty  days  spending 
holidays  with  his  folks  at  his  old  home  in  Wiscon- 
sin, was  relieved  by  Mr.  Cyr. 

Mr.  Balzhiser,  Blossburg  first,  back  from  thirty 
days*  vacation.  Hope  he  will  make  a  New  Year 
resolution  to  fill  out  his  blanks. 

The  following  nons  have  promised  to  make  New 
Year  resolutions  and  become  brothers  in  January: 
Crane,  Kinsey,  Scott,  Min^ine,  Wilcozen,  Scholz, 
and  one  or  two  others.  Keep  after  them,  boys, 
and  see  that  they  make  good. 

Depot  at  Avon  recently  burned  down,  and  Bro. 
Hart,  who  had  living  rooms  in  the  depot,  lost  his 
piano  in  the  fire. 

Ex-Bro.  Leeper,  third  '•MA"  Missoula,  who 
spent  the  holidays  with  his  folks  in  old  Missouri, 
promised  to  join  on  his  return. 

Bro.  Blankcnship,  Arlee  third,  whose  wife  is  just 
recovering  from  a  serious  operation,  is  sending  hei 
to  Kansas  for  a  visit  with  her  folks,  where  she 
expects  to  spend  the  winter. 

V.  N.  Webkr,  L.  C. 

Pasco  Ditrision — 

Bro.  H.  A.  Boughton,  agent  Kiona,  while  off, 
was  relieved  by  Bro.  F.  N.  Sigmon,  and  he  by 
Mrs.  Daley,  who  will  come  in  as  soon  as  she  lands 
a   regular  job. 

Sister  Leona  Johnson,  first  Vista,  off  sixty  days, 
was  relieved  by  Bro.  R.  W.  King.  Bro.  and 
Sister  E.  R.  Pierce,  second  and  third  Vista,  were 
Pasco  visitors  recently.  Sister  M.  M.  French, 
first  Badger,  was  also  a  Pasco  visitor  November 
14th,  and  left  for  Billings,  Mont.,  and  other 
Middle  West  points  December  1st. 

Bro.  L.  C.  Snyder  resumed  duties  as  agent  at 
Helix  after  an  absence  of  sixty  days,  relieving 
Bro.  Starr,  who  returned  to  second  Atulia,  re- 
lieving Mr.  Cyr,  resigned,  headed  for  Seattle. 

Bro.  E.  E.  Leach  has  returned  to  third  Key- 
stone after  ninety  days*  leave,  visiting  in  Virginia. 

Bro.  L.  L.  Tremble,  cashier  Sunnyside,  spent 
Thanksgiving  day  at  Wapato. 

Bro.  John  Hawthorne,  first  Wapato,  was  at 
Mabton    recently   looking   over   his   ranch. 

Attalia  third  discontinued,  leaving  Bro.  W.  H. 
Ladd,  agent,  and  Bro.  Starr  on  second  there. 

Bro.  D.  C.  Brown,  agent  Grandview,  was  a 
recent  North  Yakima  visitor. 

Bro.  Mitchell,  agent  Schragg,  was  at  Wheeler 
recently  on  business. 

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Bro.  V.  B.  Dingeldine,  who  recently  entered 
the  train  service,  was  off  ninety  days  visiting  old 
friends  in  Virginia. 

Bro.  I.  E.  Hunt  and  wife,  of  Parker,  took  in 
the  sights  in  North  Yakima  recently. 

Bro.  H.  H.  McCann  did  not  go  to  St.  Paul. 
He  is  now  on  first  North  Yalcima  in  absence  of 
Mr.  and  Mrs.   Ellsworth. 

Bro.  E.  T.  Stevens,  first,  and  Bro.  Phelps, 
second  Pomona,  were  at  North  Yakima  recently 
on  business. 

Bro.  BulUs,  third  Parker,  stopped  at  Pasco 
to  renew  old  acquaintances  whil»  off  ninety  days, 
on  his  way  to  California.  Bro.  E.  M.  Dolan, 
from  Division  126,  relieved  him. 

Bro.  H.  N.  Creviston,  in  the  train  service  on 
N.  Y.  &  V.  the  past  three  months,  is  now  on  first 

Bro.  Gillaland,  formerly  on  fifth  **PA,"  is  now 
with  the   S.   P.   in  California. 

Bro.  Vinning  is  back  on  second  Lind  from 
Tacoma  hospital 

Sister  Chadwick,  third  Cunningham,  while  visit- 
ing in  Seattle,  was  relieved  by  Bro.  House,  O. 
W.  R.  N. 

Bro.  Rylander  is  on  first  Ritzville  while  Bro. 
Johnson  is  back  East  visiting  friends  and  relatives. 

Bro.  R.  V.  Peterson,  from  fifth  to  second  "PA," 
vice  O.  W.  Webber,  resigned.  Bro.  Harvey  Mc- 
Keown,  third  **PA,"  was  off  several  days,  ''taking 
fresh  air."  Cert.  606. 

Yellowstone  Division — 

Bro.  E.  O.  Murry,  second  Hebron,  spent  the 
holidays   in   California. 

Bro.  E.  L.  Steadman,  second  Gladstone,  bid  in 
third  Hoyt,  relieved  by  Bro.  A,.  D.  Gow. 

Bro.  I.  B.  Hunt,  agent  Gladstone,  made  a  pleas- 
ure trip  to  Dickinson  recently. 

Bro.  Steadman,  second  Glenullen,  declined  Sen- 
tinel Butte  agency  on  account  of  the  serious  illness 
of  hb  mother.  Later,  in  company  with  Mrs. 
Steadman,  he  was  called  to  Rochester,  Minn.,  re- 
turning recently,  having  left  his  mother  greatly 
improved.  Bro.  Dyer,  of  Glendive,  relieved  Bro. 
Steadman  at  Glenullen  during  his  absence. 

Bro.  Shoquist,  Ihird  Glenullen,  is  making  fame 
as  a  skater. 

Bro.  Swain,  first  Glenullen,  has  been  dubbed 
"the  moving-picture  magnate." 

The  big  cut  came  December  12th,  and,  as  a«con- 
sequence,  a  number  of  telegraphers  are  seeking 
work  elsewhere. 

How  many  of  you  have  remitted  for  your  new 
card  before  the  holidays?  We  are  going  to  print 
a  non  and  delinquent  list  in  a  couple  of  months. 
There  is  no  excuse  for  a  non  or  a  delinquent 
being  on  the  N.  P.,  and  if  each  of  you  brothers 
will  only  manifest  as  much  interest  in  rounding  up 
this  class  of  men  as  you  do  in  paying  your  own 
dues,  there  would  soon  be  none  left. 

Bro.  Jimmy  Golden,  first  Sweet  Briar,  took  a 
trip  to  BiUinga  recently,  stopping  off  at  points 
along  the  way  to  visit  some  of  his  old  "flames," 
relieved  by  Bro.  Horton. 

Bro.  Julian  opened  Fryburg  agency  December 
12lh,  after  relieving  Bro.  Flannigan,  third  Sweet 
Briar,  on  a  trip  to  coast  points. 

Sully  Springs  made  a  two-man  job  with  the 
opening  of  Sully,  Bro.  Fredericks,  first,  bumping 
second  man. 

Numerous  changes  made  on  account  of  reduction 
in  forces,  but  no  one  has  sent  me  a  list,  so  am 
imable  to  give  them.  Send  me  the  necessary  notes 
to  make  this  write-up  worth  while  each  month. 
If  we  would  create  more  interest  in  our  organiza- 
tion, we  must  enlighten  the  men  with  whom  we 
work.  A  note  or  two  from  each  office  will  make 
it  interesting,  and  the  15th  is  the  day. 

It  is  now  Bros.  Green,  Lawrence  and  Peterson, 

Bro.  Klinger,  first  New  Salem,  has  returned 
with  his  bride  and  settled  down  to  married  life. 

Bro.  Hannon,  second  extra  Mandan,  pulled  off, 
bumped  in  third  Beach. 

About  1  o'clock  Friday  night,  "November  25th, 
one  of  the  operators  at  Medora  found  a  piece  of 
fuse  four  feet  long  attached  to  a  stick  of  dyna- 
mite laying  close  to  the  rear  end  of  the  depot.  He 
called  the  sheriff,  who  watched  to  see  if  anyone 
molested  it,  but  "nothing  doing." 

It's  now  H.  W.  Blair,  agent  Belfield,  vice  C.  L. 

Bro.  P.  P.  Ropert,  Forsyth^  relieving  Miss 
Green,  reported  waiting  for  wedding  b^lls;  also 
relieved  Bro.  Golden,  third  Sweet  Briar,  while  on 
his  trip  to  Billings. 

Jesse  Hollinshcad  relieved  Mr.  Kemper  while 
used  as  temporary  dispatchVr.  Mr.  Beverill,  a 
new  dispatcher,  later  relieved  the  latter. 

Bro.  Flannigan  got  mixed  up  with  the  tail  lights 
while  at  Glendive  on  his  way  back  from  the  coast. 

Bro.  J.  S.  Shain,  extra  Forsyth,  to  Terry  third; 
transferred  to  54  from  Division  2. 

Bro.  C.  A.  Sharpe,  third  Sanders,  called  to 
Detroit,  Mich.,  on  account  of  the  serious  illness  of 
his  father,  was  relieved  by  D.  E.  Lewis,  a  new 
man  from  the  "Pcnnsy." 

Bro.  J.  L.  Powers  spent  the  holidays  around  St. 
Louis,  relieved  at  Custer  third  by  Bro.  J.  D. 

Bro.  Thomas,  first  Terry,  on  vacation  visiting 
relatives  in  northern  Michigan,  and  Bro.  Glasser 
taking  in  the  sights  around  Geneseo,  111. 

Bro.  B.  R.  Gutziet  relieved  agent  at  Myers, 
later  going  to  Howard  second,  vice  Mr.  Andrews, 
now  in  Glendive  hospital. 

Bro.  "Joe"  Meehan  relieved  Bro.  Maguire  on 
third  Forsyth,  later  taking  split  vacated  by  Bro. 
Maguire,  on  account  of  extra  trick  pulled  off,  cre- 
ating a  split,  Bro.  Maguire  going  back  on  third. ^ 

Mr.  Kritta,  extra  Hoyt  third,  goes  back  to  as- 
signment, third  Zero. 

Bro.  Don  Dyer  hooked  in  a  few  at  Glendive 
after  leaving  Forsyth. 

Bro.  W.  A.  Henderson,  extra  Huntley  and  later 
Forsyth,  on  an  extended  trip  South. 

Bro.  T.  I.  Bolton,  second  Custer,  has  roturned 
from  his  hunting  trip.     No  report  as  to  his  success. 

Bro.  Emil  Broms  back  on  Hoyt  first,  after  his 
extended  trip  in  the  West.  Bro.  C.  S.  Broms  bid 
in  second  Hoyt. 

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The  iicw  year  promises  to  be  one  of  the  beat  for 
the  organizing  of  new  men  into  the  fold  on  this 
road  for  many  years  past.  We  recently  got  an 
increase,  as  well  as  other  concessions,  leaving  no 
excuse  why  a  man  shouldn't  put  his  money  into 
a  bargain  that  get  returns,  and  that  is  just  what 
wt  have  who  put  our  money  into  the  O.  R.  T.  on 
the  N.  P.  While  we  are  not  getting  quite  as  much, 
perhaps,  as  the  men  on  the  S.  P.,  still  we  are 
getting  more  than  ninety-nine  out  of  any  other 
hundred  roads  in  this  country,  and  it  surely  should 
be  some  incentive  for  a  man  to  feel  as  though 
he  were  in  duty  bound  to  invest.  Every  day  some 
of  us — yes,  all  of  us — invest  our  hard  cash  in 
some  frivolous  thing  that  we  know  will  never 
get  us  a  penny's  return,  and  those  same  men  can 
never  see  their  way  clear  to  take  out  a  card  in 
their  respective  labor  organizations.  Let's  make 
this  the  banner  year  for  organized  labor — each 
one  pull  toward  one  goal — 100  per  cent  strong  and 
nothing  less. 

I  got  in  enough  new  members  during  the  month 
of  December  to  get  me  one  of  the  Emblem  rings 
offered  by  Bro.  Quick,  and  to  say  that  I  am  thank- 
ful to  those  who  made  it  possible  by  joining  in 
this  month,  is  putting  it  mildly.  I  appreciate  this 
prize  more  than  anything  I  could  get,  and  I  think 
each  one  of  you  should  hustle  a  little  and  see  how 
interesting  it  is  to  get  in  new  members.  I  didn't 
stop  on  the  Yellowstone,  but  got  some  from  the 
Dakota,  and  I  take  this  means  of  thanking  those 
who  made  it  possible,  as  well  as  extending  each 
new  member  the  glad  hand  of  our  brotherhood. 

Nothing  has  yet  developed  regarding  the  meeting 
mentioned  in  the  last  issue,  but  we  hope  definite 
plans  will  soon  be  under  way  for  the  first  meeting, 
to  be  held  at  Dickinson.  There  are  a  number  of 
O.  R.  T.  and  C.  T.  U  A.  brothers  located  at 
Dickinson,  and  we  should  be  able  to  have  a  very 
good  meeting.  Washington's  birthday  being  a  holi- 
day, it  will  give  a  number  of  the  men  a  chance 
to  go,  as  we  can  doubtless  prevail  upon  our  super- 
intendent to  make  arrangements  for  trains  to  pick 
up  those  who  wish  to  attend.  Get  your  passes 
ready,  and  if  at  all  possible,  be  there.  You  won't 
regret  it,  and  the  mingling  of  one  another  will 
help  to  create  a  lot  of  interest.  We  will  have 
everything  in  readiness,  and  let's  make  it  a  red< 
letter  day  for  the  first  and  second.  Talks  will  be 
given  that  will  prove  interesting  and  helpful.  Take 
your  wives  along;  let  them  get  acquainted;  it  will 
be  worth  every  operator's  time  and  effort  on  the 
division.  We  are  going  to  try  to  persuade  Gen- 
eral Chairman  Johnson  to  be  with  us,  and  as  many 
of  the  local  officials  of  the  company  as  can;  it 
is  to  their  interest  as  well  as  ours  that  we  be 
educated  along  the  lines  of  better  service  and  a 
greater  interest  in  the  work  we  have  to  do.  Their 
advice  on  many  topics  will  open  new  channels  for 
thought  and   future  usefulness. 

L.  E.  BoRDWELL,  Cert.  886. 

Relay  Division  — 

With  about  seventy-five  men  employed,  the  Relay 
Division  closes  the  year  1913  with  but  twelve 
non-members  or  delinquents.     Of  these,  nine  have 

promised  to  come  in  January  1st.  Let  us  hope 
that  they  live  up  to  their  promises,  but  if  they 
do  not,  we  must  keep  after  them  and  make  them 
see  that  they  are  not  doing  the  right  thing  by 
remaining  on  the  outside.  A  majority  of  the  nons 
are  wire  chiefs,  and  they  must  be  made  to  see 
that  it  is  to  the  Order  that  they  owe  their  good 
salaries  and  Sunday  overtime,  and  that  they  should 
show  their  appreciation  by  carrying  a  card.  We 
do  not  feel  that  a  wire  chief  jeopardizes  his  stand- 
ing with  the  company  by  carrying  an  up-to-date. 
On  the  contrary,  the  company  realizes  that  the 
first  precept  of  our  Order  is  to  render  the  very 
best  service  possible  to  the  company  for  value 
received,  and  that  the  very  best  men  in  the  service 
are  those  who  are  members  of  the  O.  R.  T. 

The  usual  winter  reduction  in  force  has  begun 
early  this  year,  with  two  men  off  at  St.  Paul,  two 
at  Dickinson,  two  at  Fargo,  two  at  Helena,  two 
at  Spokane  and  one  at  Tacoma.  Instructions  are 
out  to  cut  down  on  telegraphing,  and  we  look  for 
further  reductions,  although  hoping  that  it  will 
not  come.  Considering  the  much  greater  reduc- 
tions which  have  been  made  in  other  departments, 
the  Relay  Division  has  been  only  lightly  touched 
so  far.  It  seems  hard  that  men  of  ability  who 
want  to  work  are  forced  to  remain  idle,  but  we 
must  remember  that  this  is  only  the  working  of 
the  capitalistic  system  which  prevails  in  this  cen- 
tury, and  we  must  put  our  shoulders  to  the  wheel 
of  progress  and  add  our  strength  to  that  of  others 
in  making  it  turn  toward  better  things  for  those 
who  are  to  come  after  we  are  dust  and  forgotten. 

Tacoma — Those  sure  were  classy  smokes  that 
Bro.  Jim  Williams  handed  out  celebrating  the  ar- 
rival of  *'J'ni,  Jr." 

Bro.  N.  F.  Gordon,  laid  of  December  13th  on 
account  of  reduction  in  force,  came  back  Decem- 
ber 26th,  relieving  Bro.  Bill  Bates,  on  three  months' 
leave  for  California  to  get  a  look  at  some  sun- 

Several  changes  in  tricks  here  on  account  of  re- 
duction,  Bro.   B.   F.   Brown  getting  a  day  job  at 
last  out  of  the  shuffle — 6  a.  m.  to  2  p.  m.     Bro. 
'  Brown's  ability  as  a  cartoonist  will  now  proceed 
to  advance  several  jumps. 

Spokane — Bro.  A.  R.  Lee,  our  chairman,'  bid  in 
Tacoma  local,  vice  Bro.   F.   M.  McCabe,  resigned.  ' 
Bro.    McCabe   is   now   acting  as   telegraph  censor, 
with  headquarters  at  St  Paul. 

J.  F.  Keyes,  laid  off  on  account  of  reduction  in 
forct,  returned  to  Tacoma,  his  home.  Understand 
he  makes  considerable  ''extra"  subbing  for  the 
wealthy  men  in  "BY."  M.  Hawkins,  also  laid  off 
on  account  of  force  reduction,  is  now  in  Tacoma 
"looking  around"  and  doing  some  subbing. 

Helena — Bro.  Gibson,  laid  off  on  account  of 
force  reduction,  is  now  in  Spokane,  bumping  a 
younger  man  there.  Bro.  Bothmer  moved  up  to 
Bro.  Gibson's  trick. 

Business  very  light  here,  the  Montana  locals 
being  cut  through  to  Tacoma,  and  Butte  cut 
through  to  St.  Paul. 

St.  Paul — Mr.  Graham  has  gone  to  Indiana  on 
three  months'  leave.  Ringham  and  Maloy  laid  off 
on  account  of  force  reduction.  Unotriplo. 

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DickiKson — Force  at  "DX"  cut  two  men,  Bro. 
Lyons  going  to  Spokane  and  Bro.  Sterland  unde- 
cided where  he  will  bump  in. 

Fargo — Bro.  H.  G.  Johnson  bumped  Bro.  King 
It  Dickinson,  who  hasn't  made  up  his  mind  where 
to  go.  but  may  bump  Mr.  Whaley  at  "DX." 

Cert.  886. 

Wheeling  A  Lake  Erie  R.  R. 

iV.  p.  T.  Notes— 

Bros.  Wimer  and  Harbaugh,  of  Hopedale,  were 
Giristmas  shoppers  in   Steubenville. 

Bro.  H.  K.  Bell,  third  Mingo,  visiting  relatives 
and  friends  in  Pittsburg,  was  relieved  by  Bro.  J. 
E.  O'Hara,   who   later  resigned. 

Bro.  Coats,  Hickory,  is  feeling  lonesome  since 
the  night  office  was  closed.  We  hope  the  present 
arrangement   is  only  temporary. 

We  are  sorry  to  hear  of  the  serious  illness  of 
Dispatcher  Fred  Jones  and  Bros.  Fields  and 
Homan,  and  hope  for  their  speedy  recovery. 

Freight  business  is  very  dull,  but  we  look  for 
an  improvement  now  that  the  holidays  are  over. 

Bro.  J.  W.  Polen,  agent  Smithficld,  has  the 
cleanest,  neatest  and  most  tidy  office  on  the  road. 
We  are  proud  of  you,  Bro.  John. 

We  certainly  appreciate  the  fact  that  we  have 
at  last  reduced  the  nons  to  a  minimum,  there  being 
but  one  left  on  the  east  end.  We  also  appreciate 
the  cflFort  of  a  brother  on  the  W.  S.  B.  who  has 
been  furnishing  notes  regularly  to  the  division 
correspondent  for  publication.  Keep  up  the  good 
work,  brother. 

Have  you  remitted  your  dues  for  the  current 
term?  If  not,  please  do  so  at  the  first  opportu- 
nity. Bro.  Baltzer  is  pretty  busy  with  matters 
pertaining  to  the  O.  R.  T.,  and  if  each  member 
will  be  prompt  with  his  dues  it  will  be  a  great 
help  to  him.  We  hope  to  see  notes  from  the 
West  End  and  Cleveland  Divisions  in  the  next 
TsLBCKAPHER.  The  continued  silence  of  you 
brothers  near  the  lake  is  getting  on  our  nerves. 
Please  do  not  wait  for  one  another  to  furnish 
items,  but  every  member  mail  all  you  can  to  Bro. 
R.  F.  Smith,  division  correspondent.  Brilliant, 
Ohio,  not  later  than  the  20th  of  each  month. 

Local  Chairman. 

ff .  S.  B.  Notes— 

Bro.  Wilson,  agent  Bruceton,  has  returned  from 
a  pleasant  thirty  days*  vacation  in  the  West,  hav- 
ing gained  thirty  pounds. 

F.  M.  White,  former  agent  Longview,  is  now 
with  the  Western  Union  at  Pittsburg,  relieved 
by  Bro.  Cowan,  agent  Fair  Haven,  pending  bul- 
letin, and  he  by  Mr.  Snyder,  agent  Banksville, 
until  advertised. 

Bro.  Sturges,  Clairton,  called  on  Pittsburg 
friends  recently.  Div.  Cor. 

Wheeling  and  Toledo  Divisions- — 

'•Tclephoner**  F.  H.  Copeland  was  recently  ap- 
pointed agent  at  Herrick. 

Bro.  "Hank**  Bell,  third  trick  Hickory,  was  in 
Jewctt  recently  oo  bis  way  to  Dillonvale  to  visit 

Dispatcher  Fred  Jones,  who  is  at  Dillonvale  with 
his  brother.  Dr.  Jones,  suffering  from  cancer  of 
the  stomach.  The  boys  on  the  River  Division  sent 
Fred  a  bunch  of  nice  flowers  recently. 

Mr.  Butler  returned  from  Washington,  D.  C, 
releasing  Bro.  T.  D.  Noel  from  second  Pittsburg 
Jet.,  who  then  relieved  Bro.  C.  C.  Graham,  third 
Bolivar,  a  few  days. 

Bro.  Buck  Buchanan,  third  Orrville  Jet.,  is  visit- 
ing friends  on  the  River  Division. 

The  night  office  at  Hickory  has  been  closed. 
Bro.  H.  K.  Bell,  third  there,  bumped  Mr.  Eby 
from  "WI"  Mingo  third,  who  bumped  Bro.  Grose, 
second  Mingo  yard,  who  btunped  Bro.  M.  L. 
Strickland  from  third  Pittsburg  Jet.,  who  bumped 
Mr.  Butler  from  second  Pittsburg  Jet.,  who 
bumped  Bro.  Paregoric  from  third  Pine  Valley, 
who  bumped  F.  X.  McCaffery  from  second  Pine 
Valley,  putting  him  on  the  extra  list. 

We  are  very  much  pleased  to  hear  that  Bro. 
J.  H.  Homan,  Valley  Jet.  days,  has  resumed  duty, 
after  being  off  for  the  past  three  months  on  ac- 
count of  sickness. 

C.  J.  Fisher  is  back  on  second  Adena. 

Bro.  C.  J.  Fulton,  first  Pittsburg  Jet.,  was  off 
a  few  days,  relieved  by  E.  B.  Little,  extra. 

Bro.  Ross  Buchanan,  third  Orrville  Jet.,  bid  in 
"HX"  Huron. 

Bro.  Healy,  Connor  days,  off  for  a  few  days, 
was  relieved  by  Extra  Little. 

Bro.  Glaspy,  third  Warrenton,  off  three  weeks 
on  account  of  the  serious  illness  and  death  of  bis 
father,  Mr.  Robert  Glaspy,  at  Warnock,  Ohio. 
Bro.  Glaspy  has  the  heartfelt  sympathy  of  all  the 
brothers  of  Division   55. 

Bro.  Howard  Warnock  has  returned  to  second 
Warrenton,  after  a  month's  visit  to  Indianapolis, 
Columbus  and  Cincinnati,  and  a  week  with  his 
folks  at  Warnock,  Ohio.  Bro.  Warnock  failed 
to  bring  back  that  "little  wife  with  the  brown 

Chief  Dispatcher  Connel,  at  Canton,  very  ill 
from  cancer  of  the  liver,  was  taken  to  Canton 
hospital  to  be  operated  upon.  I  have  been  unable 
to  learn  the  results  of  the  operation.  We  all  wish 
Mr.  Connel  a  speedy  recovery. 

"HX*  Huron  office  closed.  Bro.  Ross  Buchanan 
bumped  Mr.  Shulenberger  from  "D"  Canton  days, 
who  bumped  Mr.  Ben  Betton,  third  Lodi.  Have 
not  learned  where  Bro.  Betton  went. 

Bro.  E.  W.  Gorse  was  off  a  few  nights,  relieved 
by  E.  B.  Little. 

T.  E.  Lu^as,  third  Jewett,  off  a  few  nights,  was 
relieved  by  J.  E.  O'Hara,  from  the  B.  &  O.  S.  W. 

Bro.  Shine,  O'Donell,  from  the  W.  U.  at  Pitts- 
burg. Pa.,  is  now  with  the  Dexter  Coal  Co. 

Bro.  W.  A.  Albaugh,  second  Mingo  yard,  was 
a  visitor  of  "yours  truly"  while  on  his  Christmas 
shopping  tour. 

Agent  Hollingsworth,  Adena,  on  the  sick  list, 
was  relieved  by  Relief  Agent  Foster. 

Ex-Bro.  Rennccker,  first  Pine  Valley,  made  a 
business  trip  to  Sherrodsvillc  recently.  Come, 
Kmcrson;   get  back  into  the  fold. 

Bro.  Mike  Hannel,  formerly  at  Sherrodsville. 
visiting  his  many  friends  on  the  W.  &  L.   E.,  is 

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now  located  at  New  Philadelphia,  Ohio,  on  the 
B.  &  O. 

Bro.  Bates,  Sico  days,  says  he  has  the  best  job 
on  the  east  end.    Must  be  some  attraction  at  "SC." 

Bro.  Guthrie,  first  Jewett,  has  gone  into  the 
paper  business.  Anyone  wanting  papers,  call  "G" 
and  he  will  send  them  on  "tick." 

Mr.  Howard,  agent  Stcubenvillc,  has  resigned, 
relieved  by  G.  C.  Schlegel,  agent  Jewett. 

Bro.  Craig,  Bowcrston,  is  lonesome  since  the 
baseball  season  closed. 

Since  I  have  been  division  correspondent  I 
haven't  received  an  item  from  any  member  on  the 
Cleveland  and  Toledo  Divisions.  Brothers,  let 
us  have  some  items  for  the  next  Telegrapher. 
Brothers  on  the  Carrolton  Branch  and  Cleveland 
and  west  end  of  Toledo  Division  try  and  send 
something.  I  am  pleased  with  the  interest  the 
boys  on  the  Wheeling,  W.  P.  T.  and  W.  S.  B. 
Divisions  have  shown,  and  I  assure  each  of  you 
that  I  am  very  grateful  for  the  items  received. 
Don't  wait  on  one  another  to  send  items,  but  each 
of  you  get  busy  and  send  in  9  few. 

Don't  forget  your  dues  for  the  current  term. 
"OK,"  R.  F.,  Div.  Cor. 

Southern  Ry. 

General  Offices,  Wasltington,  D,  C. — 

Let  us  start  off  the  new  year  to  promote  effi- 
ciency  with   all   that   the   word   implies. 

The  telegraphers  were  sorry  indeed  to  learn  of 
the  death  of  the  venerable  President  of  this  com- 
pany, Mr.  Finley.  He  was  a  great  railroad  man, 
and  the  more  to  be  admired  because  he  came  from 
the  ranks.  Mr.  Finley's  name  is  not  written  on 
the  sands  of  time  to  soon  be  washed  away  by  the 
waters  of  oblivion,  but  stands  as  a  monument  to 
one  of  the  greatest  railroad  systems  in  the  world 
and  emblematic  of  the  high  esteem  in  which  the 
entire  South  held  hfm.  The  words  of  the  poet 
are  justly  applicable  to  him,  "Who  noble  ends  by 
noble  means  obtains.     That  man  is  great  indeed." 

Business  has  not  been  very  heavy  during  the 
past  few  months,  but  is  now  on  the  increase. 

Bro.  Odum  spent  a  few  days  in  Goldsboro  re- 

Bro.  Wilson  spent  a  few  days  in  Tennessee 
visiting  home  folks. 

Lloyd  Hoppe  was  in  Port  Huron,  Mich.,  recently 
visiting  his  father.  "HY"  will  soon  be  with  us. 
We  have  room  for  more  good  men  like  him  in 
this  organization. 

The  brothers  in  "GM"  are:  Veach,  Smith, 
Griffith,  Davis,  Golden,  Balthis,  Purcell,  Loveless, 
Lowe,  Williams,  IrWn,  Kocgel,  Thompson,  Du- 
Laney,  Ipock,  Wilson,  Cline  and  Odum.  Bro. 
Williams  went  to  Alexandria  dispatcher's  office, 
but  you  know  they  all  come  back.  He  did.  The 
three  lawyers  in.  the  office  are  Koegel,  X-line  and 
Veach.  The  first  and  latter  are  attending  univer- 
sities, the  former  is  recently  of  Buenos  Ayres,  Arg. 

Bro.  Davis  has  been  sporting  a  diamond  ring 
occasionally.  It's  not  a  man's  ring  either.  I 
have    a    premonition    that    something's    going    to 

happen  soon.  Then  it  will  be  up  to  Manager 
A.   L.   T.   to  get  busy. 

Bro.  Loveless,  one  of  our  bonus  men,  spent 
Christmas  down  in  the  country. 

No  more  being  said  about  local  chairman.  Must 
be  waiting  on  the  man  who  has  been  the  spinal 
column  of  the  movement.     You  know  who. 

We  wish  the  Southern  Ry.  a  prosperous  1914, 
which  is  no  more  than  we  should.  We  also  wish 
the  heads  of  the  telegraph  department,  our  sup- 
erintendent and  manager  another,  as  well  as  many 
more,  happy  New  Years. 

The  employes  of  "GM"  do  not  envy  the  treat- 
ment of  any  other  offices  or  railroads  except  in 
pay,  as  superiors  from  Superintendent  Potter  down 
are  man-for-man  type,  with  due  emphasis  on  A.  L. 
Thompson,  R.  S.  Veach  and  J.  R.  Smith,  our 
office  managers,  with  whom  we  come  in  personal 
contact.  Cert.  2321. 

"GO,"  Greensboro  Relay — 

We  are  very  glad  to  get  in  our  new  office.  It 
is  up  to  date  in  every  respect,  and  we  should  all 
work  together  and  keep  it  so. 

Bro.  Morgan,  "M,"  resumed  duty  November 
15th,  after  about  five  months  off  on  account  of 
having  to  undergo  a  serious  operation,  from  which 
he  has  entirely  recovered. 

Bro.  Stroude  still  at  Black  Mountain,  N.  C, 
for  his  health,  expected  to  return  about  January 
first,   relieved  by  Mr.  Mastin. 

Bro.  Odora  **X,"  was  recently  transferred  to 
"GM"   Washington. 

Mr.  Reitzel  is  now  with  the  telephone  company 
in  Atlanta,   relieved  by  J.   T.  ^ox,   "VO." 

Many  of  our  regular  men  being  off  lately,  we 
are  not  as  solid  here  as  we  should  be,  but  all  of 
the  nons  promise  to  come  in  next  pay  day. 

Congratulations  to  Bro.  Lillard,  "K,**.  recently 

Being  scrappy  on  the  wire  should  be  cut  out, 
as  it  reflects  on  the  good  fellows,  but  none  here 
have   been  called  down  for  this  except  the  nons. 

Those  who  have  cards  are:  Smith,  "S;**  John- 
son, "Q;"  Morgan,  "M;"  Whitfield,  "CS;"  Lillard, 
"K."  Mastin,  "BO;"  Dudlay,  "NA."  and  Fox, 
"VO,"  arc  still  out.  Remember,  "No  card,  no 
favors."  Certs.   1242  and   151. 


Whereas,  Our  heavenly  Father,  in  His  infinite 
wisdom  and  goodness,  has  deemed  it  best  to  call 
to  the  great  beyond  the  beloved  father  of  our 
esteemed  brother,  G.  E.  Teates;  in  manifestation 
of  our  fraternal   sympathy,  be  it 

Resolved,  That  the  members  of  the  Washington 
Division  of  Southern  Ry.  System,  Division  59, 
Order  of  Railroad  Telegraphers,  extend  to  the 
sorrowing  brother  and  family  their  most  sincere 
and  heartfelt  sympathy  in  their  bereavement,  and 
be  it  further 

Resolved,  That  a  copy  of  these  resolutions  be 
forwarded  to  the  bereaved  brother  and  family  and 

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?  copy  forwarded  to   The  Railroad  Tblegrapher 
for  pubUcation.  y/    E,   Berry, 

J.  W.  Burgess, 
A.   C.   McCoNCHlE, 

Birmingham  Division,  East  End — 

The  meeting  at  Tallapoosa,  Ga.,  December  14th, 
was  a  howling  success  Those  present  were:  Bros. 
Kipp,  local  chairman,  Jones,  M.  Jackson,  Bran- 
non.  Hooper,  Williams,  Craig,  R.  Feild,  Sanford, 
C.  E.  Crawford,  and  F.  A.  Scott,  from  C.  of  Ga. 
Good  talks  were  made  by  all  present  and  every- 
body had   a.  good   time. 

The  line  of  talk  seemed  to  bear  mainly  on  get- 
ting the  boys  enthused  over  the  work,  and  Bro. 
Kipp  made  the  remark  that,  "If  we.  hold  the 
meeting  until  midnight  I  believe  the  enthusiasm 
will  go  so  high  that  we  will  raise  the  roof  off  the 
honse."  The  question  of  nons  was  discussed  at 
length  and  it  was  the  opinion  of  all  that  with  some 
hard  work  from  each  member  we  could  soon  have 
the  division  up  to  99  per  cent. 

Brothers,  let's  get  after  the  nons.  When  one 
comes  into  your  office  make  it  your  business  to 
see  that  he  has  an  up-to-date.  Do  not  wait  for 
the  local  chairman  to  do  all  the  organizing,  he  has 
other  duties  to  look  after. 

Jnst  think  of  what  we  could  do  if  every  man 
on  the  division  was  lined  up.  Ask  yourself  this 
question,  "What  would  our  Order  ibe  if  every 
member  was  just  like  me?"  If  every  man  of  us 
would  enter  into  the  work  with  the  determination 
to  do  things  it  would  only  be  a  short  time  before 
we  would  be  standing  at  the  top.  Brothers,  put 
your  whole  soul  into  the  work.  The  more  we  put 
into  a  thing  we  more  we  get  out  of  it. 

The  meetings  will  be  held  monthly,  the  next  at 
Bremen,  second  Sunday  in  January,  and  will  be 
divided  between  Tallapoosa  and  Bremen.  Let's 
all  who  can  come  to  these  meetings,  and  as  many 
as  can  bring  along  applicants,  and  we  will  have  a 
good  time. 

On  bulletin:  Second  Leeds  and  third  Weems, 
Ox?nna  Jet.  and  Muscadine. 

Bro.  Oden's  wife  is  in  hospital  at  Atlanta.  Hope 
she  will  be  able  to  be  up  soon. 

Bro.  H.  Foster,  to  first  Choccolocco  a  few  days, 
was  relieved  at  Oxanna  Jet.  by  Bro.  Carter. 

The  passenger  station  at  Fruithurst  burned. 
Passengers  are  now  handled  at  the  freight  depot, 
which  makes  it  more  handy  for  Bro.  Hooper. 

Work  on  the  joint  station  at  Bremen  is  pro- 
gressing nicely.  A  few  more  of  these  new  sta- 
tions would  be  appreciated. 

Everybody  send  me  what  news  you  can  before 
the  fifteenth   of  each   month.  Div.  Cor. 

Winston-Salem  Division — 

Your  correspondent  has  been  working  at  other 
places  and  on  account  of  the  heavy  work  it  was 
impossible  to  get  the  time  to  give  a  write-up,  but 
I  hope  to  be  able  to  give  one  every  month  this 

I  had  the  pleasure  of  getting  out  among  the 
boys  for  a  day  or  two  recently,  when  I  secured 

several  new  applications  and  brought  back  a  few 
of  the  old  ones  who  had  dropped  out  of  the  fold. 
I  wish  I  had  had  more  time  so  that  I  could  have 
at  least  paid  a  hand-shaking  visit  to  every  brother 
on  the  division,  but  on  account  of  my  time  being 
limited  I  could  not  do  this,  however,  I  hope  to 
get  away  again  before  many  weeks  and  then  see 
you  all.  * 

Our  division,  from  an  organization  standpoint, 
is  in  fairly  good  shape.  There  are  only  two 
delinquents  on  the  south  end;  the  Taylorsville 
branch  is  solid;  the  A.  &  Y.,  east  of  Greensboro, 
is  ,solid  except  one;  west  of  Greensboro  there 
are  two  delinquents;  the  Wilkesboro  branch  has 
two  delinquents. 

I  have  two  or  three  men  who  make  as  little 
as  $35  per  month  and  one  who  gets  only  $25,  and 
they  keep  their  dues  paid  up.  If  these  men  can 
do  this  what  reason  is  there  for  the  man  who 
gets  $60  and  more  to  drop?  There  was  a  time 
when  we  did  not  make  as  much  as  we  do  today, 
we  didn't  get  overtime,  did  not  have  any  seniority 
rights,  and  a  hundred  other  benefits  could  be 
mentioned;  \and  what  has  given  us  all  of  these 
things?  The  answer  is  in  one  word,  "organiza- 
tion." The  old  adage,  "Keep  what  you  have  and 
get  all  you  can,"  does  not  apply  to  any  set  of 
men  stronger  than  to  the  telegraphers.  Brothers, 
we  have  made  great  strides  during  the  past  six 
years,  and  if  we  keep  up  the  pace  we  have  got 
to  stay  solid. 

Remember  "In  unity  there  is  strength.  United 
we  stand,  divided  we  fall."  Let  every  man  do 
his  part  this  year.  Pay  up  your  dues  promptly, 
and  get  the  man  working  next  to  you  to  do  the 
same  thing.  If  we  all  will  do  this  we  will  have 
the  banner  division  on  the  system  in  the'  next 
three  months. 

Bro.  Stewart,  of  this  division,  is  on  an  extended 
trip  through  the  West.  Last  heard  of  he  had  his 
feet  stuck  under  a  table  in  Denver. 

Bro.  and  Mrs.  Jaco,  of  Cooleemee  Mills,  spent 
the  Christmas  holidays  with  home  folks  in  Missis- 
sippi. They  had  a  pleasant  trip  and  we  wish 
them  a  hapJpy  and  prosperous  New   Year. 

Mr.  Moose,  a  new  man,  has  been  relieving  Bro. 
Jackson,  agent  Huntersville,  for  several  weeks. 

I  have  not  receiver^  any  items  from  the  A.  &  Y. 
and  Wilkesboro  branches,  therefore  am  unable  to 
give  any  of  the  changes  there.  If  some  of  the 
brothers  will  send  me  the  "dots"  from  those 
points  I  will  appreciate  it  and  we  can  have  a 
write  up  each  month. 

Wish  for  all  a  prosperous  New  Year. 

W.   E.  Jones,  L.  C. 

Atlanta  Division,  North  End — 

Some  of  the  njembers  of  this  division  seem  to 
be  of  the  opinion  that  if  a  man  is  thrown  out 
of  his  regular  job  by  its  abolishment,  or  from  any 
other  cause,  it  matters  not  how  long  and  faithful 
he  may  have  served  the  company  and  been  a 
member  of  the  Order,  he  must  go  on  extra  until 
something  is  bulletined  and  then  bid  it  in.  In 
other  words  he  will  not  be  allowed,  according  to 
the    proposed    contract,    to    "roll"    anyone    at    all. 

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regardless  of  his  age.  For  the  fellow  that  is  to 
be  "rolled"  that  is  a  good  thing  and  would  mean 
more  in  many  ways  than  could  be  estimated,  but 
what  about  yourself?  Say,  for  instance,  you  have 
been  in  the  service  eight  years,  and  your  office 
has  been  discontinued,  anl  you  want  the  first  trick 
at  palton,  Rome,  Brice  or  any  other  place.  The 
man  at  either  of  these  places  may  have*  been  in 
the  service  one,  two  or  three  years,  or  probably 
only  two  months,  but  you  can't  touch  him  at  all, 
with  your  age  limit  you  must  fight  the  extra  board, 
down  in  the  swamps  or  up  in  the  hills,  working 
first  today  and  third  for  the  remainder  of  the 
•month,  etc.  Would  you  like  to  see  a  man  with 
two  months*  age  working  a  good  job,  and  you  with 
six  or  eight  years'  age  working  on  a  third  trick 
in  the  malaria  district?  I  say,  "No,  a  thousand 
times  no!"  The  question  is  being  agitated,  how- 
ever, as  to  whether  we  want  our  contract  modi- 
fied or  changed  to  that  effect.  The  statement  sets 
forth  that,  as  it  now  stands,  it  makes  the  mis- 
fortune of  everyone,  because  one  man  is  "rolled." 
Well,  maybe  the  misfortune  is  ours,  yours  or 
the  other  man's,  because  we  haven't  the  age,  but 
why  do  you  wait  to  make  the  misfortune  of  an  old- 
service  man  the  fortune  of  the  younger  man?  It 
isn't  really  a  fair  proposition,  and,  regardless  of 
any  personal  interests,  h  myself  would  like  to 
see  it  remain  as  it  is.  It  wouldn't  be  fair  to  the 
men  older  than  you  are  in  the  first  place,  and  in 
the  second  place  it  would  work  innumerable  hard- 
ships upon  the  older  man.  Take  yourself  as  an 
example — your  job  abolished,  would  you  like  to 
work  third  trick  where  an  alligator  couldn't  live 
and  see  a  fellow  first  at  some  good  place  with  a 
month's  age. 

Th^  position  of  correspondent  has  been  wished 
on  Bro.  Gay  at  Rome,  who  will  do  all  in  his 
power  to  give  you  a  good  write-up  every  month. 
It  is  rather  inconvenient  for  me  to  get  any  news 
items  where  I  am  at  present  stationed,  therefore 
the  change.  R.  R.  J.,  Ex-Cor. 

Asheville   Division,   East   End — 

Bro.  Simpson,  who  bid  in  Black  Mountain 
agency,  vice  Mr.  Bobo,  was  relieved  at  Bridge- 
water  agency  on  bid  by  Bro.  G.  P.  Coulter,  re- 
lieved by  Bro.  Drumwright  on  first  Old  Fort,  and 
he  on  second  there  by  Bro.  C.  A.  Calloway. 

Bro.  W.  O.  Calloway  relieved  Mr.  Stinc,  second 
Newton,  a  few  days. 

Bro.  Abernetby.  second  Connelly  Springs,  off 
over   Christmas,   was   relieved   by    Bro.    Wagner. 

Bro.  Beach,  agent  Nebo,  off  a  few  days,  was 
relieved  by  Bro.  Brinkley. 

Bro.  Walker,  second  Drexel,  off  a  month,  was 
relieved  by  Bro.  Ross  Frazier. 

Bro.  Ward  is  in  the  chief  dispatcher's  office,  re- 
lieved by  Bro.  Waddell  on  first  Billmore,  and  he 
on  second  there  by  Mr.  Murr,  third  Melrose. 

Bro.  Wagner,  first  Newton,  off  a  few  days,  was 
relieved  by  Extra  Coulter,  who  later  relieved  Bro. 
Spencer,  agent  Old  Fort,  on  vacation. 

Bro.  Brookshier,  agent  Azalea,  off  a  few  days, 
A'as  relieved  by  Mr.  Gilliam. 

We  are  looking  forward  to  our  banquet  to  be 
held  at  Hickory  during  the  month  of  January. 
Most  all  who  have  been  approached  have  sub- 
scribed $2.00  and  nearly  all  have  already  paid. 

We  have  done  good  work  among  the  nons  this 
year.     Let's  see  if  we  can't  do  better  next. 

Wishing  you  all  a  prosperous  New  Year. 

Cert.  2297. 

Columbia  Division — 

Bro.  J.  J.  Gall,  Leesville,  on  vacation,  was 
relieved  by  Mr.  Lee. 

Our  old-time  friend,  Ivey,  has  been  succeeded 
at  "CX"  by  Mr.  Jackson,  from  the  Seaboard  Ry. 

Boys,  I  wish  every  one  of  you  who  have  let  your 
dues  pass  for  the  period  ending  December  31st 
would  remit  it  at  once,  otherwise  you  will  rank 
as  new  men.  I  am  satisfied  that  it  is  not  your 
intention  to  let  your  membership  drop  as  I  have 
not  had  a  brother  yet  say  that  he  isn't  benefited 
by  carrying  a  ca.-d.  Please  don't  think  because 
you  are  away  out  almost  nowhere  that  a  card  does 
not  benefit  you.  If  it  had  not  been  for  these 
precious  cards  you  would  be  working  all  kinds 
of  hours  and  split  tricks  and  run  off  without 
notice  Tiardly. 

Delinquents  knock  us  out  of  our  proportionate 
share  of  a  raise  in  the  agreement.  The  wage 
schedule  last  March  allowed  a  nice  sum  for  each 
office  on  this  division.  There  were  some  who  at 
that  time  did  not  carry  a  card.  Get  your  schedule 
and  see  how  it  reads.  Get  wise  and  get  your  card 
as  it's  "No  card,  no  favors."  After  the  settlement 
is  made  it  is  divided  according  to  the  pro  rata 
of  the  membership  on  each  division.  We  have  as 
good  men  on  this  division  as  any  other  and  they 
ought  to  reap  the  benefits  so  it's  up  to  each  of 
you  to  do  your  part. 

I  should  not  be  obliged  to  write  about  this. 
You  are  meif'  and  should  stand  for  your  rights 
and  honest  earned  money,  and  should  not  let  the 
other  divisions  go  ahead  of  us.  It  is  not  fair  to 
your  family  nor  yourself  to  be  without  a  card, 
for  their  protection  and  your  own  rights.  Take 
the  schedule  and  compare  it  with  that  of  other 
divisions  and  see  the  good  wages  their  members 
are  receiving  because  they  don't  mind  spending 
$12  a  year  for  a  card  which  benefits  them  $100, 
and  in  some  cases  more. 

Those  of  you  who  think  you  will  receive  the 
same  raise  as  others  can  see  the  outcome  of  the 
last   raise. 

Brothers,  urge  the  delinquents  to  pay,  and  give 
the  nons  no  rest  until  their  applications  are  filed 
with  me  at  L,exington,  S.  C. 

Just  now  is  a  very  busy  part  of  the  season, 
which  almost  makes  it  impossible  for  me  to  get 
around  to  see  each  of  you  personally,  but  I  am 
connng  soon  and  shall  be  very  much  pleased  to 
fin  I  every  one  up  to  date.  If  not  I  am  going  to 
Rc't  you  before  I  leave,  or  I'll  be  on  your  hands 
for  some   time. 

Best   wishes  to  you  all  for  a  happy   New   Year. 
M.  D.  Dbnnv,  Local  Chairman. 

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Charlotte  Division,  South  End — 

Bro.  I.  C.  Edwards,  Crosswell  days,  while  on  a 
trip  to  south  Georgia,  was  relieved  by  Bro.  J.  H. 

Bro.  P.  H.  Rudisall,  second  Cross  Keys,  on 
thirty  days'  leave,  was  relieved  by  Bro.  L.  Elliott, 
from  third  Alto,  and  he  by  Mr.  McWhertor. 

Bro.  B.  F.  Moss,  who  relieved  H.  B.  Rhodes, 
first,  agent-operator  at  Suwanee  while  he  was  on 
vacation,  was  relieved  on  third  there  by  Bro.  R.  E. 
Pierce,  of  third  Aycrsville,  and  he  by  Bro.  B.  T. 
Littleton,  who  later  went  to  Fall  is  third  on  bul- 

Bro.  F.  A.  Sherriff,  third  Dulutb,  while  visiting 
home  folks  was  relieved  by  Bro.  R.  E.  Melvin. 

Bro.  B.  B.  Cheek,  at  Cornelia  agdncy  thirty 
days,  was  relieved  on  Calhoun  second  by  Bro.  C. 
P.  Cureton. 

Bro.  B.  L.  Walker,  Gainesville  second,  off  a  few 
days,  was  relieved  by  R.  Boggs. 

Bro.  J.  N.  Wallace,  while  taking  in  Kansas  City, 
Denver,  Salt  Lake  City  and  other  point  of  interest 
on  his  fifteen  days*  vacation,  was  relieved  by  F.  L. 
Brock,  and  he  by  W.  L.  Harbin,  Brock  going  to 
Bowman.  Later  Harbin  relieved  Bro.  B.  F. 
Moss,  Suwanee  third,  a  few  nights. 

Bro.  J.  H.  Gibson  was  on  Calhoun  third  until 
filled  by  regular  man. 

Bros.  W.  J.  Dawkins  and  T.  C.  Poole,  Duluth 
first  and  second,  while  attending  court  at  Law- 
renceville  were  relieved  by  Bro.  R.  E.  Melvin  and 
W.  M.  Tollison.  Bros.  D,  Taylor  and  E.  Sbelton, 
Buford  first  and  third,  also  attended  court  there, 
being  relieved  by  Bro.  Cox,  and  he  on  second  by 
ex-Bro.  C  N.  Duncan,  warehouseman,  and  Bro. 
Shelton  by  L.  Elliott. 

Bro.  H.  L.  Coc,  second  Deercourt,  bid  in  Madi- 
son third,  recently  reopened,  relieved  by  Bro.  B. 
T.  Littleton. 

Bro.  B.  L.  Rike,  Seneca  third,  while  off  skk 
was  relieved  by  W.  L.  Harbin,  Mr.  Folger  and 
Bro.  Brown  doubling  the  first  night. 

Boys,  let  us  see  how  many  can  come  out  to  the 
next  meeting.  It's  very  important  that  you  be 

Luck  to  the  jaybird. 

And  likewise  the  wren. 
Lord  bless  all  the  women 
And  railroad  men. 

A  happy  and  prosperous  New  Year  to  all. 

B.  W.  Grant. 

St,  Louis  Division — 

The  year  1913  has  been  most  successful  for 
Division  59,  numerically  as  well  as  financially. 
It  is  not  necessary  for  me  to  recapitulate  the  prog- 
ress made  in  the  last  few  years,  as  your  own  expe- 
rience has  proven  that  to  you. 

It  is  the  untiring  efforts  of  the  brothers  that 
has  made  it  possible  for  us  to  be  enjoying  one  of 
the  best  working  conditions  in  the  South  or  South- 
east, and  we  desire  to  keep  it  that  way. 

I  want  to  thank  the  brothers  on  the  St.  Louis 
Division  for  the  support  they  have  given  me  dur- 
ing my  term  of  office,  and  the  much  needed  help 

they  have  given  to  line  up  the  boys.  I  am  proud 
to  say  that  on  December  31st  we  had  only  five 
nons  and  one  delinquent,  and  should  be  solid  by 
the  close  of  the  first  term  of  1914. 

It  is  dues-paying  time  again,  and  it  is  hoped 
that  none  of  the  brothers  will  allow  themselves 
to  become  delinquent,  as  it  takes  time  and  money 
to  keep  after  them;  so,  brothers,  let's  all  pay  up 
right  on  the  spot  and  be  in  a  solid  line  when  the 
time  comes  for  us  to  renew  our  contract. 

As  I  can  not  write  each  one  on  the  St  Louis 
Division,  allow  me  to  wish  you  a  prosperous  New 
Year.  L.  E.  Cianoall,  Local  Chairman. 

Our  correspondent  must  have  gone  to  Mexico; 
at  least  we  do  not  get  any  more  news  from  him. 

G.  G.  Grubbs  bid  in  third  New  Baden,  111.  We 
should  see  that  he  gets  a  new  card. 

Bro.  Chapman  says  he  can't  leave  Albion.  Got 
a  mighty  good  man  to  work  with,  L.  A. 

Bro.  Overbee  bid  in  third  Fairfield,  Bro.  J.  A. 
McLin  going  to  Mt.  Carroel  first.  Bro.  H.  B. 
Green  bid  in  second  Hartwell  Jet.,  and  Bro.  Ed 
Mathers  third  Corydon  Jet.  Sure  looks  good; 
now  solid. 

Bro.  J.  H.  McLio,  first  Mt.  Carmel,  was  off  a 
few  days  on  account  of  sickness. 

Our  old  friend  E.  P.  Roach,  Germantown,  says 
if  he  stays  he  will  have  a  card. 

Bro.  M.  L.  Fonts  bid  in  third  English,  and  Mr. 
Shears  bid  in  second  Boonville. 

Bro.  Al  Marvel,  of  Division  34,  working  extra, 
says  he  is  going  to  stay  with  us. 

Bro.  F.  Wayman  is  now  at  "KY"  East  St.  Louis, 
where  lie  is  ready  to  serve  them  hash  brown. 

Understand  Bro.  M.  J.  Kemp,  Winslow,  was 
recently  married.     Congratulations. 

It  is  now  Bro.  J.  S.  Booth  at  Mt.  Carmel. 

Understand   Denverside   will  soon  be  solid. 

Cert.  138. 

Queen  A  Crescent  Route  (North). 

A.  G.  S.,  Between  Birmingham  and  Chattanooga — 
We  are, sorry  to  lose  Bro.  Brown,  as  he  always 

believed  in  having  an  up-to-date.  We  wish  him 
success  in  his  chosen  future,  and  hope  he  will 
continue  carrying  a  card,  for  he  can  never  tell 
when  he  might  n4ed  some  assistance,  whether  he 
be  telegraphing  or  not. 

"No  card,  no  favors"  is  the  motto  we  must  all 
live  up  to. 

Each  one  drawing  any  salary  secured  by  the 
O.  R.  T.  should  pay  their  part  of  the  dues.  Mrs. 
Brown  has  also  resigned.  Two  L.  &  N.  nons 
now   have    the   tricks    vacated    by    Bro.    and    Mrs. 

B.  We  hope  they  will  soon  be  relegated  to 
the  south  end,  where  the  mosquitoes  will  do  jus- 
tice to  them. 

We  are  glad,  indeed,  to  report  Bro.  B.  E. 
Driskill  very  much  improved.  After  about  three 
months  of  typhoid  fever,  he  is  able  to  be  out  among 
friends  again,  and  hopes  to  soon  be  able  to  resume 

Bro.  S.  L.  Wamble,  wife  and  son  are  visiting 
their  parents  in  Tennessee. 

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Bro.  J.  C.  Butler's  wife  is  visiting  parents  in 
Edwardsville,  Ala. 

Bro.  Rodgers,  off  recently,  was  relieved  by  Bro. 
Paul  Rodgers. 

Bro.  R.  B.  Hickerson  has  resigned  and  left  foi' 
the  West.     We  wish  him  success. 

C.  H.  Hobson  is  on  second  *'HD,"  and  Bro. 
E.  G.  Wright  on  third  pending  bulletin. 

Everyone  who  possibly  can  should  attend  the 
series  of  meetings  our  general  committee  has  ar- 
ranged to  hold  over  the  entire  line  of  the  road 
during  January,  1914,  at  which  our  general 
chairman,  general  secretary  and  local  chairman 
will  be  present.  The  dates  of  the  meetings 
on  our  division  are:  Birmingham,  January  13th, 
7  p.  m.,  and  Chattanooga,  January  17th,  7  p.  m. 
This  makes  it  convenient  for  all  of  us  to  attend 
one  or  both  of  these  meetings. 

The  good  derived  from  such  meetings  can  not 
be  estimated.  They  are  essential  to  good  organi- 
zation and  help  wonderfully  in  keeping  organized. 

Our  local  chairman  will  advise  all  later  of  the 
names  of  halls  in  which  meetings  will  be  held  in 
at  both  places.  We  have  an  opportunity  at  these 
meetings  to  meet  the  brothers  from  other  divi- 
sions  and  get  better  acquainted. 

Our  local  chairman  covered  the  entire  division 
two  days  last  month  with  good  results,  and  hopes 
that  by  January  20th  we  will  be  nearly  solid.  He 
was  very  much  pleased  with  the  courteous  treat- 
ment he  received. 

Brothers  when  you  are  talking  with  a  non  re- 
mind him  that  he  has  received  $70  increase  in 
salary  since  March  1st,  and  do  not  forget  to  ap- 
ply the  "No  card,  no  favors"  motto  on  him  if  he 
refuses  to  come  into  the  fold. 

Several  offices  have  been  closed  nights  recently 
on  account  of  some  of  the  boys  taking  holidays. 

Sister  Payne,  off  a  few  days  recently,  was  re- 
lieved by  Mr.  Patterson,  who  promises  to  be  with 
us  next  month. 

Being  on  day  work,  and  very  seldom  off, 
I  am  unable  to  keep  up  with  all  the  changes,  and 
would  appreciate  it  if  all  the  members  would  for- 
ward a  few  items  each  month,  so  we  can  have  a 
good  write-up. 

Please  send  me  all  the  notes  obtainable,  and 
speak  a  good  word  for  the  O.  R.  T.  at  every  op- 
portunity. Cert.   496. 

M.  A  St.  L.  R.  R. 

Central   and    West   Division — 

Sunday,  December  7th,  Division  71  held  a 
meeting  at  the  Vendome  Hotel,  Minneapolis. 
While  there  were  not  as  many  members  present 
as  there  should  have  been,  there  was  a  fair 
audience  in  attendance.  At  1:30  the  meeting  was 
called  to  order  by  General  Chairman  Gardner, 
and  the  routine  business  was  gone  over  with.  Sec- 
retary Sandmier  gave  us  his  reports  on  the  stand- 
ing of  the  Order,  which  showed  that  we  are  in 
good  shape  financially.  Some  new  members  were 
taken  in,   with  prospects  for  more. 

After  the  meeting  adjourned  refreshments  were 
served,    and    the    boys    present    were   well    pleased 

with  their  trip  to  the  city.  There  will  be  another 
meeting  in  the  near  future,  and  we  want  a  full 
turnout.  The  management  of  the  Vendome  Hotel 
were  very  courteous  to  us  in  the  way  of  fur- 
nishing quarters  to  hold  our  meeting,  and  no 
doubt  the  next  meeting  will  be  held  there. 

Bro.  Martinson  has  gone  back  to  Dallas  Center. 

Mr.  Moss,  a  new  man,  is  agent  at  Gowrie,  vice 
Mr.  Knight  resigned. 

It  is  now  Bro.  W.  G.  Reinders,  agent  Pioneer. 
We  all  extend  a  glad  hand. 

Bro.  Hughes,  third  Morton,  is  now  at  Perry 
nights.  Mr.  Jones,  agent  Perry,  will  stick  there 
for  the  present.  This  station  was  bulletined 
some  time  ago. 

Several  of  the  boys  attended  the  Safety  First 
meeting  held  at  Minneapolis,  Sunday,  December 
21st,    and    heard    some   very   interesting   talks. 

Now,  boys,  if  you  want  ^  write-up  every  month 
you  will  have  to  send  me  some  items.  If  I  don't 
get  more  items  than  I  have  of  late,  I  will  discon- 
tinue the  write-ups.  See  if  you  can  not  do  better 
this  year. 

Wish   all   the   members  a   happy   New   Year. 
Joe,  Cert.  29. 

Eastern    Division — 

Bro.  J.  T.  Nelson  has  returned  to  Acklcy,  his 
vacation  being  cut  short  about  a  month  on  account 
of  relief  man  resigning  and  asking,  to  be  re- 
lieved at  once,  as  there  was  too  much  work  there 
and  no  help. 

Bro.  A.  L.  Gardner,  general  chairman,  attended 
the  meeting  of  the  C.  &  W.  Divisions  at  Minne- 
apolis, December  7th,  also  a  meeting  of  Division 
126  at  Iowa  Falls,  December  17th;  relieved  by 
Bro.   L.   C.  Vannoy,  of  Ames. 

Bro.  C.  L.  Keohn,  formerly  of  Albert  Lea,  is 
now    at    Marshalltown. 

We  are  pleased  to  hear  of  Bro.  M.  B.  Quire's 
promotion  to  Mason  City  agency.  Bro.  C.  A. 
Quire,  his  brother,  formerly  cashier,  succeeds  him 
at  Grinnell  agency.  D.  R.  McLain  is  on  Mason 
City    first. 

Bro.  Geo.  Reams,  of  Division  123,  is  now  cashier 
of  the  1st  National  Bank  of  Richland.  Bro. 
George  is  a  fine  fellow,  and  we  are  glad  to  learn 
of  his  success.  He  has  been  out  of  the  railroad 
service  several  years,  but  still  carries  an  up-to- 
date  card. 

All  who  haven't  remitted  for  their  new  cards, 
get  busy  now  and  get  them  up-to-date,  so  we  can 
start  the  New  Year  right.  Don't  make  it  neces- 
sary for  our  general  secretary  and  treasurer  to 
write  us  regarding  this  matter,  as  we  are  all  stock- 
holders in  the  O.  R.  T.,  and  money  spent  in 
calling  our  attention  to  our  duty  as  good  Order 
men  is  lost;  also  don't  forget  to  remit  to  Bro. 
Quick  for  th?  M.  B.  Department  assessments.  The 
good  book  says  that  if  we  don't  provide  for  our 
dependent  ones  we  are  worse  than  thieves  and 
robbers,  so  let's  attend  to  these  important  matters 
at  once.  Let's  also  start  the  new  year  right  by 
each  brother  giving  the  non  proposition  his  per- 
sonal attention  and  see  how  many  we  can  line-up 
during    the    month    of    January,     1914.     Brothers, 

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this  is  strictly  a  business  proposition.  Tlic  nons 
can't  get  by  it,  and  we  should  have  very  little 
trouble  in  lining  them   up. 

The  monthly  bulletin  notes  sonic  discharKCs  re- 
cently for  violating  Rule  "G."  IJrothers,  let  us 
handle  the  matter  this  refers  to  by  letting  it  alone, 
and  save  ourselves  and  families  a.  lot  of  grief. 
The  grandest  thing  in  the  world  is  a  manly  man, 
one  who  has  the  courage  to  do  the  right  thing  at 
all  times. 

Bro.  C.  A.  Quire  spent  Sunday  recently  with 
friends  at  Boone.     We  will  all  keep  mum,  Charlie. 

Bro.  John  Wilson,  whose  wife  died  recently 
and  left  him  with  two  small  children,  has  our 
heartfelt  sympathy. 

Mr.  Bryan,  at  Montezuma,  says  the  Order  has 
never  done  him  any  good.  His  pastime  seems 
to  be  to  turn  in  the  brothers  at  Grinncll  for  ignor- 
ing (?)  his  instructions  (?).  Look  out  Mister 
\on.   the    worm    may   turn. 

With  eggs  at  7  cents  apiece  in  New  York  City, 
no  more  "ham  and"  for  the  "boomers"  now-a- 

Don't  forget  to  send  us  the  happenings  along 
the  line.     We   haven't   many  this  month. 

W.  C.  M. 

Chicago   A    Northwestern    Ry. 

General   Offices   "SJ'* — 

Bro.  Ed.  Novak  has  returned  from  a  pleasant 
visit  to  bis  old  home   in   Galveston. 

Bro.  Ike  Briening  recently  made  a  flying  switch 
to   Milwaukee,    visiting   our   old    friend    "Schlitz." 

The  position  created  in  this  office  was  assigned 
to  Bro.  Al.  Alvcrson. 

Bro.  P.  E.  Gray,  while  off  on  account  of  sick- 
r-«8,  was   relieved  by  a  man   from  *'CH,"  W.  U. 

Bro.  Wm.  Early,  of  the  "ponies,"  is  still  figur- 
ing up  his  losses  on  the  Cub-Sox  series. 

Bro.  D.  C-  Smart,  our  genial  vice-president  of 
the  CORT  aub,  is  urging  the  brothers  to  attend 
the  CORT  meetings,  the  first  Saturday  of  each 
month.  Brothers,  try  and  get  out  to  these  meet- 
ings, as  the  change  will  do  you  good  and  you 
will  be  much  benefited  thereby. 

Bro,  O.  Hart,  in  the  poultry  business  at 
Wheaton,  is  now  able  to  tell  the  boys  "why  a 
chKken    crosses    the    street." 

Bro.  J-  A.  Rose,  the  old-reliable,  is  chasing 
"98"    on    the    St.    Paul    wire. 

Bro.  J.  D.  Wills,  Omaha  wire,  dreams  of  a 
trip  to   Europe,  which  is  a  new  name  for  Aurora. 

Bro.  W.  L.  Browne,  from  R.  I.,  Iowa,  and 
Geo.  .\.  Flynn,  of  S.  P.,  Arizona,  are  on  the 
early   morning   stunts.  ' 

Bro.  Al.  Bradley,  our  smiling  local  chairman, 
is  sure  tickled  to  make  out  those  six  bone  receipts 
for  the  new  up-to-dates.  Let's  keep  him  laughing, 

This  office  is  now  solid  with  the  exception  of 
Wra.  Hohman  and  W.  A.  Golden,  who  have 
promised  to  come  in  for  the  new  year,  and  we 
expect  a  solid  front.  There  is  no  reasonable 
excuse  for  holding  out,  as  we  all  participate 
equally  in  the  concessions  secured,  therefore  the 
expense    should     be    borne    equally,    if    the    man 

takes  the  increase  and  other  benefits  without  pay- 
ing his  part  of  the  expenses  of  securing  and  hold- 
ing  same,    seems    to    us    he    is   neglecting    a    debt. 

\i '  isc  on  sin    Div  isio  n — 

Our  local  chairman  spent  fifteen  days  going 
over  the  division,  meeting  members  and  non- 
members,  and  straightening  out  some  adjustments. 
He  secured  quite  a  number  of  applications  for 
membership,  and  found  that  where  individual 
effort  has  been  used  prior  to  his  visitation,  the 
non-member  was  usually  ready  to  sign  up  as  soon 
as  he  arrived.  Brothers,  individual  effort  has 
made  this  great  O.  R.  T.  what  it  now  is  all 
over  the  country,  one  of  the  largest  and  best 
organizations  in  the  labor  world.  The  persistent 
and  friendly  effort  of  the  live  member,  who  has 
continually  kept  the  invitation  before  his  neigh- 
bors, is  plainly  manifest  all  over  the  division. 
A  little  more  persistence  and  effort  with  our 
already  rapidly  increasing  membership  will  make 
this  in  a  short  time  one  of  the  best  if  not  the 
best  organized  divisions  on  the  C.  &  N.  W. 

The  organization  is  just  exactly  what  its  mem- 
bers make  it  by  their  personal  effort.  Brothers, 
it's   up   to   us  to  get   the  non. 

Bro,  Coburn,  absent  several  days  on  account 
of  the  sickness  and  death  of  his  father,  was  re- 
lieved by  Conductor  Gene  Uady. 

Come  to  some  of  the  meetings  we  are  having. 
You  will  find  none  more  interesting  than  our 
CORT  meetings.  Every  member  should  impress 
the  non  member  with  the  fact  that  it  is  his  duty 
.  as  a  man  to  protect  himself  and  family  now,  for 
the  time  of  need  in  the  future,  by  getting  into 
the  Order.  There  is  no  other  organization  that 
will  help  you  more  in  this  country  or  in  Canada 
in  time  of  sickness  or  need  and  enable  you  to 
procure  work  than  the  Order  of  Railroad  Teleg- 

Bring  the  nons  with  you  to  the  meetings,  where 
they  will  learn  hew  ideas  and  the  knowledge  re- 
quired in  railway  work. 

Train  order  service  at  Hunting  Ave.  has  been 

Al.  Smith  has  been  appointed  inspector  on  this 
division.  You  will  all  remember  that  pleasant 
smile  of  "Smithy's"  which  looks  like  the  full 
moon  over  Lake  Michigan  in  the  good  old  sum- 
mer time.  We  hope  Smithy  will  not  be  too  hard 
on  the  boys  on  this  division,  as  he  used  to  be  one 
of  the  profession   himself. 

Frank  Chour,  who  has  been  on  the  sick  list 
for  some  time,  has  again  reported  for  work  on 
Lake  Forest  second.  We  hoi>e  Frank  will  be  able 
to  stick  to  it  now,  as  he  has  had  quite  a  siege 
of  it. 

Mr.  Tcrves,  who  recently  fell  into  a  city  man- 
hole at  Racine,  has  reported  for  duty  again. 

Bro.  .\bleman,  at  Poplar  Grove,  has  had  his 
baggageman  pulled  off,  the  same  as  at  several 
other   stations. 

Director  Ben.  Evanson,  of  Chicago  Terminal 
District,  with  wife  and  family,  visited  friends  and 
relatives  at  Capron  and   Elroy  recently. 

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Our  noble  and  emergency  Operator- Conductor 
Gene  Dady  relieved  Bro.  Regan  at  Capron  for 
two  days,  while  he  attended  a  wedding  at  Mil- 
waukee, "Dido"  also  relieved  Local  Chairman 
Bro.  Cobum  at  Harvard,  while  he  is  rounding  up 
the  nons  and  serving  on  committee  work  in 
Chicago.  A  large  number  of  our  boys  attended 
the  joint  meeting  of  Wis.  and  Gal.  Divisions  at 
Chicago  recently. 

The  man  that  does  not  care  for  his  future  is 
not  much  of  a  man,  especially  those  who  think 
they  are  satisfied  with  what  they  already  have, 
reaping  the  benefit  of  what  was  got  by  the  hard 
work  of  the  O.  R.  T.  and  the  good  workers  of 
the  Order.  Brothers,  get  after  the  nons,  your 
working  companions,  who  have  not  got  a  card. 
This  includes  all  telephone,  levermen  and  teleg- 
raphers, we  need  the  co-operation  of  all.  Our 
organization  and  profession  is  the  best  any  one 
could  wish  for  and  the  best  insurance  there  is, 
and  it  is  up  to  each  and  every  one  of  us  teleg- 
raphers to  stand  by  it. 

Wish    you    all    a   happy    New    Year. 

Div.    CoE. 


Whbksas^  Death  has  entered  the  family  of  our 
Local  Chairman  Cobum,  and  removed  therefrom 
his  father;  therefore  be  it 

Resolved,  That  Wisconsin  Division,  No.  76^ 
Orde?  of ,  Railroad  Telegraphers,  extend  to  Bro. 
Coburn  and  family  our  sincere  condolence  in 
their  sad  bereavement,  and  be  it   further 

Resolved,  That  these  resolutions  be  spread  upon 
our  minutes,  and  a  copy  sent  to  Thb  Railroad 
Telegrapher    for    publication. 

Roy  L.  Herri ck, 
C.  E.  Ablbman^ 
Chas.    p.   Regan, 



Through  The  Telegrapher  I  wish  to  extend 
the  most  sincere  thanks  of  myself  and  my 
mother  to  the  members  of  the  O.  R.  T.  and  other 
employes  of  this  division,  for  the  beautiful  floral 
offering  and  their  many  expressions  of  sympathy 
extended  on  account  of  the  recent  illness  and 
death  of  my  father.  These  manifestations  of 
regard  and  sympathy  have  made  our  burden  of 
grief    easier    to    bear. 

Fraternally  yours, 
W.   H.   CoBURN,   Local   Chairman. 

Madison  Division — 

General  Chairman  Bro.  Troy  called  a  meeting 
at  Sparta  on  November  7th,  and  one  at  Madison 
on  November  8th,  and  told  the  boys  what  was 
in  store  for  us  if  we  did  not  take  more  interest 
in  the  Order.  He  also  told  of  the  efforts  being 
made  to  knock  the  O.  R.  T.  Any  members  who 
attended  these  meetings  can  explain.  He  told 
them,  too,  what  the  committee  will  be  up  against 
when  it  goes  in,  and  gave  the  reasons. 

These  meetings  are  of  interest  to  every  teleg- 
rapher— ^member  and  non.  We  should  arrange  to 
have  some  of  the  old-time  meetings  on  this  divi- 
sion and  get  busy 'on  the  nons. 

Bro.  Troy,  with  his  words  of  encouragement, 
has  always  been  a  great  aid  to  us  on  this  division. 

Bro.  Boyington,  local  chairman  Signalmen,  came 
from  Chicago  to  see  how  we  do  business  at  our 
meetings.  We  are  always  glad  to  have  our  visit- 
ing brothers  with  us.  As  many  as  can  get  away 
will  always  be  heartily  welcome  to  all  our  meetings. 

Your  local  scribe  appreciated  the  words  of 
praise  from  Bros.  Troy  and  Schneider,  and  it  is 
with  heartfelt  sorrow  that  he  gives  up  the  work. 
Being  one  of  the  early  members  on  this  division, 
he  knows  what  hard  work  it  has  been  to  place  the 
organization  in  its  present  splendid  condition. 
But  as  we  have  taken  up  other  lines  of  business, 
we  will  have  to  turn  our  part  over  to  other  hands, 
and  our  best  wishes  will  always  be  with  you. 

We  are  not  posted  on  any  of^the  changes  made 
lately,  having  been  away  several  months.  We  are 
glad  to  hear  that  Bro.  J.  Q.  Barnes,  at  tower 
"PD,"  who  has  been  on  the  sick  list,  is  on  the 
road  to  recovery.  Bro.  Edward  Welch  is  relieving 

Bro.  J.  F.  Gannon,  agent  Mendota,  was  off  a 
few  days  visiting  relatives  and  friends,  relieved 
by  Bro.  J.  B.  MacKenzie,  who  also  relieved  Bro. 
Schneider  while  he  attended  the  meetings  at 
Sparta,  Madison  and  Chicago. 

Bro.  W.  R.  Irwin  and  C.  B.  Mcintosh,  second 
and  third  Lodi,  have  been  relieved  by  clerks  at 
less  salary  and  longer  hours. 

Brothers,  the  O.  R.  T.  is  your  only  medium 
through  whicj^  to  combat  such  changes,  so  be  sure 
to  remit  your  dues  and  get  that  non  next  to  you. 

Wish  you  all  a  happy  New  Year. 

C.  E.  L.  Hansen,  Div.  Cor. 

Madison  Division  Notes — 

E.  E.  Nash,  superintendent,  has  been  made  as- 
sistant general  superintendent,  with  ofiices  at  Chi- 
cago, vice  G.  B.  Vilas,  made  general  superinten- 
dent, vice  W.  J.  Towne,  also  promoted.  J.  W. 
Doyle,  former  superintendent  Dakota  Division 
and  later  of  the  Minnesota  Division,  comes  to 
Baraboo  as  superintendent  of  the  Madison  Divi- 
sion. All  these  gentlemen  are  graduates  from  the 
Madison  Division,  and  we  are  justly  proud  and 
pleased  to  see  them  advance. 

Changes  in  the  runs  on  the  division  on  the  old 
line  have  taken  several  more  crews  out  of  Baraboo 
as  headquarters,  leaving  only  a  few  trains  now 
making  that  point  their  terminal.  The  car  depart- 
ment has  discontinued  at  Baraboo,  and  some  of 
the  employes  laid  off  who  have  been  in  the  employ 
of  the  company  thirty-five  or  forty  years.  There 
was  also  some  reduction  In  the  force  at  the  round- 
house in  line  with  the  general  policy  of  retrench- 

J.  W.  Neff,  third  Baraboo,  off  with  a  slight  touch 
of  sciatica,   was  relieved   by   "Jack"   Hlbbard. 

Lodi  has  been  changed  to  a  one-man  station, 
with  an  agent  and  a  night  clerk,  throwing  out  two 
good   men — Irwin   and    Mcintosh.     Irwin    bid    in 

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second  Elroy,  and  Mack  is  going  on  his  farm 
near  Lodi. 

Bro.  Scotty  Butterfield,  off  on  account  of  the 
serious  illness  of  Mrs,  Butterfield,  who  had  to  be 
taken  to  the  hospital,  was  relieved  by  J.  L.  Rapp, 
who  later  "blew"  back  to  Giicago,  relieved  by 
Louis  Abts.  We  are  glad  to  say  Mrs.  Butterfield 
is  very  much  improved,  and  "Scotty"  is  again 
chasing  cars,  relieving  Bro.  Sid  Kilts,  who,  we 
understand,  has  the  "movie  bug." 

The  genial  local  secretary  and  treasurer  of  this 
division,  Bro.  C.  E.  L.  Hansen,  having  been  thrown 
out  of  a  job  incident  to  the  many  changes  made 
in  the  past  few  months,  is  now  dispensing  gro- 
ceries, etc.,  from  his  new  store  near  Monona 
yards,  and  that's  one  of  the  reasons  the  Madison 
Division  has  not  had  a  wnte-up  in  The  Telsgra- 
PHBs  recently.  "Hans"  has  been  too  busy,  and 
his  "able"  assistant  from  "B"  Baraboo  too  lazy 
and  forgetful,  but  we  will  endeavor  to  appear  in 
print  at  more  stated  intervals  in  the  future.  May- 
be after  the  good  citizens  of  Madison  find  Conrad 
"doping"  up  the  brown  sugar  with  Mendota  Lake 
sand,  putting  lard  in  the  butter  and  chalk  in  the 
salt  he  will  have  to  come  back  to  the  old  railroad 
life  again,  but  here's  wishing  him  the  greatest 
success,  and  if  they  are  all  as  good  to  him  as  he 
is  bound  to  be  to  them,  he  will  have  patrons 
enough  to  put  him  on  "easy  street,"  and  can  look 
out  of  the  window  and  say,  "Go  it,  you  suckers; 
I  used  to  throw  the  switch  for  you,  but  not  again, 
never,  no  more." 

Local  Chairman  Brx>.  L.  F.  Schneider  has  been 
over  the  line  recently,  looking  up  new  members 
and  jacking  up  some  of  those  in  arrears,  with 
very  good  success. 

Ed  F.  Boehm,  first  trick  south  end,  Baraboo  dis- 
patcher's ofiice,  is  80  chesty  over  winning  a  few 
prizes  at  the  "500"  parties  that  the  boys  can 
hardly  keep  pace  with  him  any  more  in  handling 
the  "dope"  for  trains.  He  needs  a  good  trimming. 
Any  volunteers? 

Recent  assignments  on  bulletin:  Telegraphers — 
Benton,  W.  D.  Johnson.  Second  tricks — Deerfield, 
Walter  Hintz;  Elroy,  W.  R.  Irwin;  Friesland,  G. 
C  Siebold;  tower  "BJ,"  D.  Dwyer.  Third  tricks — 
Dalton,  J.  M.  Jcnks;  Elroy,  J.  S.  Lewis;  South 
B.  Dam,  M.  Phcnow;  Glen  Oak,  A.  E.  Tuttle; 
Grand  Marsh,  A.  Winker;  Cutler,  W.  J.  Riney. 
Cutler  first,  L.  C  Mertens.  Agencies — Sussex, 
R.  B.  Crane;  McCoy,  L.  M.  Bettheuser;  South 
Madison,  E.  C  Phinney. 

On  bulletin:  Agencies — Benton,  Wonewoc, 
North  Freedom,  Union  Center,  North  Lake,  Aship- 
pon  and  Dalton;  and  Mt.  Horeb,  Reedsburg,  Dal- 
ton and  Friesland  second  and  third,  and  Cutler 
for  telegraphers  and  phone  men. 

V.  H.  John,  agent  Adams,  has  taken  a  position 
with  a  bank  at  Laona,  Wis.,  and  A*  E.  Patterson, 
agent  Platteville,  probably  assigned  as  agent  at 
Adams.  Mr.  Patterson's  successor  will  find  that 
the  way  has  been  paved  for  him  in  a  very  credit- 
able manner,  and  we  all  wish  him  success.  Should 
Mr.  Patterson  not  go  to  Adams,  our  friend  Martin 
Hansen  will  likely  be  the  choice  for  the  position, 
and  a  good  one,  too. 

J.  A.  Mansnerus,  agent  North  Lake;  J.  E. 
Gardner,  agent  Dalton,  and  E.  S.  Smith,  operator 
Dalton,  are  among  those  who  have  recently  left 
the  service  for  more  congenial  locations. 

Bro.  Scotty  Butterfield  found  his  half-setter, 
half j)ointer  "dawg."  Ought  to  see  him  point  a 
raw  steak. 

A.  E.  Cook,  one  of  our  old-timers,  is  back  again, 
relieving  Bro.  Brown,  agent  North  Freedom,  who 
has  gone  East  to  enjoy  his  big  farm  in  York 

Reedsburg  second  is  on  bulletin,  vice  Tom 

Bro.  H.  M.  Schleck,  agent  Wonewoc,  is  on 
six  months'  leave,  relieved  by  Extra  Agent  I. 

Union  Center  is  bulletined  for  six  months, 
pending  the  return  of  Bro.  Wilcox,  who  has  been 
West  some  months  in  the  hopes  of  materially 
benefiting  his  health.  W.  B.  McKillip  has  been 
acting  agent  there. 

Jack  Hibbard  is  back  at  Jefferson  Jet.  from 
Elroy.  N.  A.  Browne  has  gone  East  to  his  folks 
in  New  York,  and  W.  R.  Irwin  bid  in  Elroy  sec- 
ond. Louis  Abts  is  temporarily  on  third  there, 
although  he  likes  the  atmosphere  at  Evansville 

"Pipe*'  the  new  drinking  cups  put  out  by  the 
C.  &  N.  W.,  with  their  flossy  containers.  Some 
class  to  us.     The  best  of  everything,  as  usual. 

Bro.  Frank  Wichern,  at  Devil's  Lake,  is  gain- 
ing a  great  deal  of  insight  into  the  forestry  serv- 
ice since  it  has  been  made  a  State  park.  State 
Forester  E.  M.  Griffith  is  camped  near  Frank's 
"wickiup,"  and  the  "bachelors"  frequently  feed 

Bro.  C.  M.  Cronk  spent  several  days  in  Chicago 
about  Christmas  time.  His  daughter  was  appearing 
in  one  of  the  theaters  there,  and  Charley  took  this 
opportunity  for  a  visit  with  her.  He  was  relieved 
by  J.  B.  McKenzie,  former  agent  there,  who  was 
on  an  extended  vacation,  but  is  very  kindly  help- 
ing  out  as  extra  in  pinches.  The  latter  also  re- 
lieved Bro.  L.  F.  Schniedcr,  agent  Dousman,  while 
he  was  swinging  around  the  circuit. 

Bro.  C.  P.  Regan,  of  Capron,  breaks  in  on  our 
notice  ever  so  often  with  a  poetical  outburst,  and 
the  latest  of  these  we  have  noticed  in  several 
periodicals.  We  miss  Charlie's  sunshiny  smile 
since  they  sliced  the  strip  from  Caledonia  to  Har- 
vard off  the  Madison  Division  and  handed  it  to 
the  Wisconsin  Division,  but  our  loss  is  their  gain. 
Happy  New  Year,  Charles. 

Talk  about  California  as  a  winter  resort — noth* 
ing  to  it.  Come  to  Wisconsin.  Ask  Bro.  Wich- 
ern, at  Devil's  Lake.  Two  lads  from  Baraboo  en- 
joyed— yes,  really  enjoyed — a  swim  in  the  lake 
December  5th  or  6th,  and  after  that  we  learn  that 
a  resident  of  Baraboo  picked  some  ripe  straw- 
berries in  his  garden,  and  there  are  several  resi-' 
dents  about  this  part  of  the  country  that  are  still 
mowing  their  lawns,  and  some  even  have  flowers 
blooming  in  the  garden.  California — well,  not 
yet.     And  this  is  December  22nd,   1913. 

What  did  Santa  Claus  bring  you,  anyway? 

F.  E.  W.,  Div.  Cor. 

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S'orthern   Wisconsin  DitHsion — 

Bro.  Johnson,  third  tower  "CF,**  on  his  honey- 
moon, was  relieved  by  Bro.  Mack,  of  Black  Wolf. 
Congratulations,  and  a  happy  and  prosperous  New 
Year  to  Bro.  Johnson  and  his  bride. 

Bro.  Noyes,  third  Appleton  Jet.,  off  a  few  days 
on  account  of  his  father's  illness,  was  relieved  by 
Mr.  Jungwirth,  bill  clerk  from  Oshkosh  freight 

Bro.  Wilson,  second  Depere,  relieved  by  Mr. 
Xunimerdor,  later  going  to  Black  Wolf,  was  re- 
lieved by  Bro.  Mack,  of  So.  Oshkosh,  and  he  by 
a  new  man  from  the  "Soo"  Line.  Later  second 
Depere  was  bid  in  by  Bro.  Panzer,  relieved  at 
Burnett   by    Bro.    Mack. 

Yours  truly,  pulled  off  second  Ncenah,  on 
account  unable  to  do  enough  clerical  work,  was 
relieved  by  Bro.  Newton,  and  relieved  Bro.  Zuelke 
at  Appleton  while  out  on  the  division  organizing. 
He  succeeded  in  lining  up  Snyder,  "FA;"  Greis- 
bach,  "MO;"  Steeves,  "WF;"  Errard,  "DX"  and 
Hassman,  "A."     Let  the  good  work  go  on. 

Let  every  one  help  the  O.  R.  T.  along  by  pay- 
ing dues  promptly. 

Try  a  little  of  that  motto,  "No  card,  no  favors*' 
on  those  who  insist  on  "mooching"  on  the  O.  R.  T. 

Hope  everyone  will  have  a  happy  and  prosper- 
ous New  Year.  C.  S.  K..  Cert.  613. 

Ashland  Diinsion — 

Bro.  Kilsdonk  secured  Stratford  agency,  relieved 
by  Mr.  Krummey,  on  first  Kaukauna,  Charles  hav- 
ing returned  from  Chicago  where  he  had  been 
selling  tickets  in  the  new  terminal.  Bro.  (JarA'ey, 
third  Kaukauna,  while  relieving  Bro.  Bessy,  on 
the  clip  job  at  Ashland,  was  relieved  by  Mr. 

Bro.  Penny,  second  New  London,  has  been  off 
for  some  time;  also  Billy  Drumni,  second  Clinton- 

Mr.  Leduke  has  resumed  work  at  second  Marion, 
State  Line  agency  having  been  closed  for  the 

Chairman  Dorr  Hickok  has  been  promoted  to 
traveling  passenger  and  freight  agent  with  head- 
quarters at  Antigo.  We  are  sorry  to  have  him 
leave  us,  but  we  are  glad  that  he  has  secured  some- 
thing better.     This  leaves  us  without  a  chairman. 

Bro.  Jones  is  now  agent  at  Wittenberg,  relieved 
by  Mr.  Crandall,  who  resumed  work  after  his 
serious   injury    of   last  July. 

Bro.  Keronor,  second  Wausau  Jet.,  off  a  few 
days,  was  relieved  by  Mr.  Busse,  and  Bro.  Big- 
ford,  third  Eland,  is  out  at  Omaha,  Neb.,  relieved 
by  Mr.  Hawley.  We  should  try  and  get  these  new 

Mr.  Rynders  second  Aniwa  has  resigned,  re- 
lieved by  Mr.  Buchaus. 

Mr.  King  is  back  in  the  yard  office  at  AntiRo, 
and   Mr.   Lerquin   is  on  nights  there. 

Bro.  Janasazk,  third  Summit  Lake,  while  skat- 
ing on  the  lake  December  13th,  broke  through  the 
ice  and  was  never  seen  alivtf  again.  We  arc  ail 
very  sorry  that  he  should  go  in  this  manner  and 
extend  our  sympathy  to  his  sorrowing  parents.  He 
had    just    joined    our    Order    and    was    trying    his 

hardest  to  do  all  he  could  to  make  things  look 
better.  Mr.  Jobe  is  on  third  Summit  Lake  pend- 
ing bulletin. 

Bro.  Lethenstrom  has  resumed  Pelican  agency, 
placing  Mr.  Matz  back  on  second.  Gbd  to  hear 
Louie  has  found  a  good  wife.  Mr.  Honzick  re- 
sumed Pelican  third  after  working  extra  for  some 

Bro.  Wilde  was  on  side  wire  in  Ashland  dis- 
patcher's office  while  F.  R.  Bessy  relieved  Second 
Trick  Dispatcher  Dickenson,  on  a  hunting  expe- 

J.  T.  Scverin,  Onadah  third,  can  now  be  called 

Cedar  closed  for  winter.  L.  C*  Barrett  reliev- 
ing Mr.  Gartner  on  third  Saxon  for  a  month.  C. 
V.  Mattson,  second  Saxon,  will  probably  soon  be 
with  us. 

Bro.  P.  J.  Meredith  bid  in  Mercer  agency,  re- 
lieved at  Hurley  by  A.  M.  Borseth  pending  bids. 
Bro.  H.  Hen  ricks  transferred  from  Mercer  to 
Bessemer  agency,  vice  Mr.  Irelan,  going  into  the 
moving  picture  business.  A  cashier  has  been  put 
on  at  Bessemer,  relieving  Bro.  DeRosier  of  some 
of  the  heavy  work. 

W.  F.  Farrell,  a  new  man,  is  at  Wakefield  pend- 
ing bulletin,  vice  R.  B.  Penberthy,  returned  to 

Bro.  E.  G.  Manthey,  Ironwood  first,  has  re- 
turned from  a  month's  vacation  in  southern  Wis- 
consin, relieved  by  Bro.  J.  Garvey,  who  has  re- 
turned to  Kaukauna. 

Manitowish  station  closed  for  winter;  F.  S. 
Leary  to  Tomahawk  Lake  agency. 

D.  V.  Cronin  bid  in  Hurley,  leaving  third  Iron- 
wood  up  for  bid. 

Agent  Tigerton,  second  Aniwa  and  third  Summit 
and  Ironwood  are  all  up  for  bids. 

Our  last  write-up  was  a  good  one,  and  we  hope 
the  boys  will  all  take  an  interest  so  we  will  have 
good  ones  from  now  on.  We  can  do  this  if  all 
will  assist.  Bro.  Manthey,  first  Ironwood,  has 
started  to  give  us  some  good  news.  Some  one  on 
the  south  end  watch  for  some  more. 

Get  after  those  nons  on  the  south  end  and  have 
them  make  themselves  a  New  Year's  present  of 
an  up-to-date.  They  are  good  cards  to  carry. 
Div.  Cor.,  Cert.  561. 

Lake  Shore  DizHsion — 

Remit  promptly,  brothers,  and  get  your  new 
cards.  It's  the  man  who  pays  his  dues  and  carries 
an  up-to-date  who  is  a  help  to  the  committee.  The 
ncns  simply  help  to  defeat  the  efforts  of  the  union. 
They  bring  us  no  increase  in  salary,  nor  do  they 
make  any  home  bright  by  remaining  in  that  class; 
instead  they  bring  misery  to  themselves  and  their 
fellow  workers.  If  they  have  any  manhood  they 
should  show  it  by  getting  an  up-to-date,  and  we 
should  give  them  no  rest  until  they  do  so. 

Bro.  .Sohre,  third  South  yard,  off  a  few  days, 
was   relieved   by   Mr.   Martins. 

Bro.  Knudson,  "FO"  days,  has  returned  from 
an  enjoyable  three  weeks'  vacation  West  Bro. 
Nygrein,  "FO"  nights,  spent  his  vacation  at  his 
home   in   Marinette,   relieved    by    Mr.    Henderson, 

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Mr.  Pooler,  second  Montrose  Jet.,  off  a  few 
days,  was  relieved  by  Mr.  Gatto. 

Bro.  Tiedka,  local  chairman,  agent  Denmark,  was 
relieved  while  going  over  the  division  recently 
lining  up  the  nons,  by  Bro.  Dreng^er,  and  he  on 
second  there  by  Bro.  Engles.  There  are  only  a 
few  hardshells  left.  Let's  keep  after  them  and 
make  our  division  solid. 

It's  now  Bro.  Kaufman,  second  .Calumet  yard^ 
and  Mr.  Marsh,  second  Cleveland,  promises  to  be 
with   us  soon.  . 

Bro.  Knudson  is  visiting  Manitowoc  quite  fre- 
quently of  late. 

Bro.  Stozer  relieved  Mr.  Herzog,  Seven  Mile 

Continuous  service  now  at  Mequon  and  Belgium. 

Brother's  let's  all  who  can  possibly  get  away 
attend  the  next  meeting,  soon  to  be  held. 

Now  is  the  tim?  to  boom  for  that  solid  member* 
ship.      "No   card,    no    favors." 

•TR,"  Cert.  581. 

A  fire  at  Superior  recently  destroyed  some  sta- 
tion records  and  most  all  of  roundhouse  foreman's 
oil  and  lamps. 

Did  you  notice  the  new  electric  headlights  on 
the  locals.     Some  light,  believe  me.  Jerry. 

Eastern  Division — 

Bro.    Radaker   got   second    Emmett   on    bid. 

The  stock  rush  is  about  over  on  the  main  line. 

I  wish  each  member  would  advise  me  of  all 
changes  they  know  of  by  the  20th  of  every  month, 
then  we  can  have  a  nice  write-up.  I  have  no 
other  way  of  learning  the  changes. 

"No  card,  no  favors!" 

Don't  fail  to  send  a  copy  of  your  bids  to  the 
local  chairman.     It  may  save  you  lots  of  trouble. 

Bro.  Reynolds  relieved  Mr.  Miller,  second  Bone- 
steel,   resigned,  and  gone  South. 

The  general  committee  will  be  going  in  next 
February,  and  we  must  all  make  it  a  point  to 
land  at  least  one  of  these  nons  who  are  hanging 
back,  and  Jiave  the  division  solid.  It  will  be 
easy  to  do  this  as  soon  as  you  get  started. 

Chas.  Flick  is  back  at  Oakdale  first  after  a  visit 
East,  putting  Bro.  Ritchie  on  his  oil  trick. 

R.  O.  Beesom,  dispatcher's  office  days  at  South 
Norfolk,  bid  in   Plainview  second. 

Bro.  Otradover  transferred  from  second  freight 
yard  to  first  South  Omaha  yards. 

Our  apology  is  tendered  Bro.  Wurzbacker  for 
referring  to  him  as  "Mr."  instead  of  "Bro."  in  the 
October  items.  I  am  sorry  this  ever  occurred  as 
Bro.  Wtirzbacker  is  an  old  war  horse,  always  ready 
to  do  all  he  can  for  the  advancement  of  the  Order. 

It  is  now  Bro.  Janovy,  of  Neligh.  Joe  did  not 
care  to  have  the  title  "Non"  applied  to  him  any 
longer.  There  are  a  few  others  whose  consciences 
are  certainly   troubling  them   now. 

Bro.  Kemper,  Crestqn,  on  a  trip  to  Florida,  was 
relieved   by  C.  J.   Smith. 

P.  Marlick,  agent  Charleston,  has  bought  out 
a  general  merchandise  store  and  intends  to  quit 

Agent  Anderson,  off  a  few  days,  was  relieved 
by   Edmiston,  later  relieved  by  an  unknown. 

.\gent  Miller,  Seward,  lost  his  operator  and 
now  has  to  do  the  wire  work  himself,  while  his 
boy  helps  with  the  station  work.  Operator's  job 
not  bulletined. 

Eastern  Diinsion   Notes — 

There  has  been  considerable  changing  around 
among  the  boys  in  the  past  month;  all  looking  for 
a  better  job. 

Bro.    Lister   is   now  at    Spencer   agency. 

Bro.  John  Fomey,  who  bid  in  first  O'Neill,  Neb., 
is  relieving  Agent  F.  M.  Bartlett  at  Emmet,  Neb., 
who  is  very  ill  with  the  la  grippe.  Bro.  S.  D. 
Hess,  O'Neill  nights,  bid  in  Dodge  agency,  re- 
lieved   by    Bro.    Rhodes,    from    the    South. 

A.  D,  Anderson,  third  Atkinson,  bid  in  Piatt 
River  bridge  telegraph  job. 

A  number  of  agents  on  the  Norfolk  and  Dallas 
Line  had  to  give  up  their  helpers  on  account  of 
hard  times. 

Bro.  Anderson,  agent  Nickerson,  is  spending  his 
vacation  in  Florida,  relieved  by  Relief  Agent  C. 
S.  Smith.  Bro.  Henry  Kemper,  of  Crescent,  Neb., 
also  took  two  weeks*  vacation  to  Florida  on  busi- 
ness pertaining  to  his  farm. 

Bro.  Donahy,  agent  Cornlea,  Neb.,  took  a  week's 
vacation    recently. 

G.  G.  Shuber,  former  agent  at  Lynch,  Neb., 
has  proved  up  on  his  claim  and  is  relief  agent 

Bro.  Forney,  relieving  at  Emmet  agency,  made 
a  trip  to  the  Rose  Bud  country  last  month. 

G.  G.  Shuber  relieved  W.  H.  Frost,  agent  Lynch, 
for   a   week's   vacation. 

Bro.  Janovy  bid  in  second  Bassett. 

Local  Chairman  Hood  was  called  to  Michigan 
on  account  of  the  serious  sickness  of  his  mother. 

Parcel  post  is  knocking  a  hole  in  the  express 
business,   and    also   in    the   commissions. 

Thanks  to  Bro.  Radaker  for  news  items. 

Now,  boys,  Bro.  Hood,  local  chairman,  was 
over  the  division  and  lined  up  quite  a  number  of 
the  nons,  and  we  must  keep  it  that  way  by  work- 
ing hard  and  keeping  after  the  nons,  and  we  will 
soon  have  things  in  the  very  best  of  shape.  Make 
it  a  point  for  each  one  of  us  to  line  up  a  non. 
The  local  chairman  is  not  getting  any  more  salary 
than  we  are  in  this  line  of  business,  and  we  should 
help   him   out   all   we   can.  Div.    Cor. 

Sioux    City    Division — 

The  meeting  at  Sioux  City,  December  7th,  was 
not    very    well    attended. 

Bro.  Troy  was  there  loaded  to  the  brim  with 
facts  and  figures  which  showed  us  bow  important 
it  is  to  keep  up  the  organization. 

If  you  forgot  to  make  yourself  a  Christmas 
present  of  an  up-to-date  card,  which  is  the  best 
you  can  possibly  get,  do  so  at  once  and  call  it  a 
Xew   Year's  gift. 

Bro.  C.  F.  Hays,  Mondamin,  is  responsible  for 
most  of  the  following  items,  which  will  let  the 
outside  world  know  that  we  are  still  alive: 

Bro.  C.  W.  Carnes  is  again  agent  at  Schleswig, 
Iowa,  relieving  Mr.  Smith,  from  the  Northern 
Iowa   Division,   who  takes   Ute,    Iowa,   agency. 

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Brakeman  "Happy'*  Wells  had  the  misforttme 
to  have  three  of  his  fingers  taken  off  at  Sar- 
gent's Bluff  on  December  3d. 

Bro.  H.  D.  Graham,  agent  Modale,  was  off 
several  weeks  recently,  getting  his  eyes  tested 
and  visiting  folks  in  Illinois. 

The  automatic  signals  will  be  in  operation  be- 
tween Soo  City  and  Mo.  Valley  about  February 
Ist,  which  will  save  the  bojrs  lots  of  wire  work 
blocking  trains. 

Mr.  Edwards,  formerly  agent  at  Sloan,  Iowa, 
relieved  Mr.  Byers  at  Mondamin,  Iowa>  who  re- 
lieved Bro.  T.  M.  Noe,  who  bid  in  Battle  Creek. 
Iowa.  Later  Mr.  Byers  relieved  Bro.  A.  J. 
Gabrielson,  California  Jet.,  thirty  days,  visiting 
home  folks.  T.  M.  Nob. 

lorva   and   Minnesota   Divisions — 

Bro.  Howard,  our  faithful  chairman,  is  covering 
the  division  and  having  good  success.  Brothers, 
paying  your  dues  is  not  all  that  is  necessary, 
we  must  keep  on  working  and  never  let  up  until 
we  get  our  division  solid,  and  then  keep  it  there. 

We  frequently  hear  it  remarked  how  much  bet- 
ter off  the  trainman  and  enginemen  are  than  the 
telegraphers.  This  is  because  they  are  always 
working  for  their  own  interest.  The  local  chair- 
man is  doing  all  he  can  to  raise  our  profession 
to  where  it  rightfully  belongs,  but  we  must  have 
more  individual  effort.  We  have  young  men  now 
in  the  service  waiting  to  assist  us,  who  only  need 
to  be  asked.  With  proper  co-operation  our  pro- 
fession would  soon  be  up  with  the  other  branches 
of  service.     Let  us  see  hereafter  that  we  have  it. 

A  number  of  the  boys  have  been  disappointed 
in  not  getting  relief,  owing  to  the  shortage  of 
"men,  and  it  will  continue  until  we  come  to  our 
senses  and  endeavfr  to  assist  ourselves. 

Every  man  should  try  to  fit  himself  for  the 
better  position,  and  see  how  much  instead  of  how 
little  they  can  do  and  hold  their  jobs.  Show  the 
company  that  your  services  are  valuable,  and  the 
committee  will  have  something  to  work  on.  Let 
us  have  more  individual  effort  this  coming  month 
and  see  how  many  members  we  can  secure.  If 
you  do  not  know  who  the  nons  are,  write  your 
local  chairman  and  show  him  that  you  are  willing 
to  assist  him.  There  is  no  reason  why  we  should 
not  have  a  solid  membership.  There  are  good 
things  in  store  for  us  if  we  will  only  wake  up  and 
do  our  duty.  If  I  was  going  to  quit  the  business 
tomorrow  I  would  still  be  just  as  much  interested 
in  the  welfare  of  the  agents  and  telegraphers, 
because  I  want  to  see  them  better  paid.  Our 
Order  is  getting  old  and  we  should  be  drawing 
better  wages.  Let's  start  now  and  work  for  our 
own  advancement. 

Bro.  Kleins  at  Bricelyn  is  having  his  troubles 
on  account  of  his  platform  having  been  taken 

R.  E.  Thomas,  Kesley,  Iowa;  H.  B.  Ferris, 
Joice,  Iowa,  and  A.  B.  Staley,  Fairmont,  have 
taken  out  new  cards.  We  are  glad  to  have  them 
back  and  hope  they  will  stick. 

Bro.  Howard,  of  Comfrey,  Minn.,  on  vacation, 
was   relieved   by    Bill    Hockert. 

Our  popular  jovial  conductor,  Wm.  Hanks,  has 
been  elected  on  the  Legislatire  Committee  of  the 
Order  Railroad  Conductors.  A  better  choice  could 
not  have  been  made. 

Jno.  Erickson  bid  in  side  table  Mason  City. 
We  hope  he  will  take  out  a  card  with  some  of 
that  extra  money. 

H.  H.  Ridgway  is  at  Cartersville,  recently 
opened  as  a  telegraph  office. 

Nels.  Howland,  agent  Guckeen,  has  returned 
to  the  train  service  on  this  division. 

We  are  having  California  weather  now,  but 
winter  will,  no  doubt,  soon  be  with  us. 

Dnr.  Com. 

Minnesota   Division — 

Recent  assignments:  Agent  and  telegrapher — 
Revere,  Bro.  D.  R.  Roach;  Amiret,  Bro.  Fixson; 
Taunton,  Bro.  J.  W.  Smith.  Third  telegrapher— 
Waseca,  Bro.  R.  E.  Graham;  Sanborn,  Mr.  R. 
G.  DeBolt  Telegrapher— Redwood  Falls,  Frank 

Positions  pending  assignment:  Second  teleg- 
rapher— Sanborn  and  Lamberton;  third  teleg;^ 
rapher — Sanborn,  New  Ulm  and  Winona  dis- 
patcher's   office. 

Bro.  Leatherman,  second  Mankato,  was  relieved 
several  days  by  Bro.  A.  Sawyer,  who  also  re- 
lieved Bro.  Schwaub,  at  Mankato  Jet.,  and  then 
relieved  Mr.  Guth  on  third  Janesville  on  account 
of   reduction   in    forces. 

Ben  Nixon,  formerly  on  this  division,  now  in  the 
Soo  City  office,  spent  Thanksgiving  with  friends 
and   relatives  on   this  division. 

Bro.  A.  J.  Nelson,  agent  Nicollet,  on  vacation, 
was  relieved  by  Bro.  VanDarwarka. 

R.  H.  Ferguson  resigned  at  Lamberton  and  re- 
turned to  the  M.  &  St.  L. 

Bro.  R.  E.  Graham,  extra  Winona,  was  re- 
lieved a  few  days  by  W.  F.  Segur. 

We  wish  to  thank  the  many  boys  who  sent  us 
news  items  this  month,  every  little  helps  and 
their  kind  assistance  is  certainly  appreciated. 
Come  again. 

Business  sure  has  taken  a  leap  and  a  bound 
lately,  a  large  amount  of  com  moving  east,  all 
the  men  fronf  the  rural  districts  unloading  it 
on  the  market  to  enable  them  to  better  play  the 
part  of  old  Santa.  The  movement  of  this  heavy 
traffic  gives  a  great  many  train  crews  work, 
thus  making  it  possible  for  them  to  play  their 
part  better,  but  the  poor  agent  and  telegrapher 
who  strains  every  nerve  to  keep  this  business 
moving,  reduce  delays  and  help  out  in  every  pos- 
sible way,  gets  only  his  regular  little  check,  and 
their  children  must  be  content  with  reading  about 
old  Santa  and  seeing  pictures  of  him  in  books. 
The  cash  that  comes  pouring  into  the  pockets 
of  all  the  other  classes  of  employes  as  a  result 
of  this  prosperity,  does  not  reach  the  poor  teleg- 
rapher, but  we  hope  by  the  hearty  co-operation 
of  all  the  telegraphers  and  agents  employed  in 
.scheduled  positions  to  overcome  to  a  certain  ex- 
tent these  conditions,  if  they  will  lend  their 
assistance  to  further  this  end,  and  possibly  by  the 
time   another    Christmas   rolls   around   more   proc- 

uigitizea  Dy  ^^jOOQIC 

The  Railroad  Telegrapher. 


perity  and  better  conditions  will  be  enjoyed  by 
all  the  other  classes,  now  enjoyed  by  you  and 

Telegrapher  Brockway,  first  Sanborn,  on  a  few 
days*  vacation,  was  relieved  by  W.  F.  Segur,  who 
later  went  to  Lewiston.  Telegrapher  Mclnstry 
is  on  Sanborn  second  until  bulletin  expires. 
Bro.  A.  Sawyer  is  on  third  there,  pending  bids, 
vice  R.  G.  DeBolt  resigned. 

Bro.  G.  W.  Ware,  first  St.  Peter  Jet.,  on 
Christmas  vacation,  was  relieved  by  W.  F.  Segur. 
Bro.  O.  E.  Highlen,  one  of  our  new  members,  is 
on  second  there,  and  Bro.  L.  Kraft  on  third. 
Bro.  Highlen  is  among  the  donators  of  news  this 

Bro.  C  N.  Watson  is  back  on  third  Janesville, 
relieved  at  Lewiston  by  Bro.  J.  C.  Hunter,  a  new 

Bro.  Dengel,  second  Stockton,  is  enjoying  a 
vacation,  relieved  by  Bro.  W.  C  Koehmel. 

Bro.  E.  W.  O'Connor,  third  Lewiston,  was  off 
for  a  few  days,  upon  his  return  H.  J.  Yackel  be- 
gan his  vacation. 

Bro.  VanDarwarka,  who  went  to  Sanborn  third 
a  few  days,  is  now  on  Judson  second. 

Bro.  Stainsbery,  a  new  man,  is  on  Minnesota 
Oty  third  temporarily. 

Local  Chairman  E.  J.  Thomas  spent  several 
days  recently  going  over  the  division,  lining  up 
the  boys  and  secured  applications  from  about 
thirty.  There  are  still  a  few  who  promised  for 
this  pay  day,  when  we  will  be  solid,  with 
the  exception  of  a  few  undesirables.  Bro. 
Th(^nas  is  highly  pleased  with  his  success,  and 
probably  will  have  a  meeting  shortly,  when  we 
hope  the  boys  will  all  make  an  extra  effort  to 
Ik  present.  Ask  for  transportation  and  do  your 
best  to  attend.  That  is  the  place  to  get  ac- 
qoainted,  air  your  grievances  (if  you  have  any), 
offer  your  suggestions  and  in  every  way  assist 
in  making  this  a  banner  division.  Get  in  the 
game  and  help  the  cause,  and  we  will  be  able 
to  better  our  conditions  in  the  very  near  future. 

Any  member,  when  through  reading  this  copy 
of  Thk  Telegrapher,  who  does  not  wish  to  keep 
it,  kindly  mail  to  the  nearest  non,  so  he  may 
have  a  chance  to  see  how  much  he  is  thought 
of  by  the  members  on  this  division.  In  that  way 
we  are  sure  to  reach  them  all.'  I  would  give  a 
list  of  the  new  members  secured  by  Bro.  Thomas, 
but  lack  of  space  prevents. 

Now  that  the  New  Year  is  here,  let  every  one 
resolve  that  during  the  year  1914  he  bend  every 
effort  to  upbuild  and  strengthen  the  O.  R.  T., 
especially  on  the  Minnesota  Division,  by  paying 
dues  promptly,  seeing  that  your  neighbor  does 
the  same,  and  making  known  to  the  local  or 
assistant  local  chairman  any  irregularities,  and 
by  keeping  after  the  nons  and  assisting  in  every 
other  way  possible.  If  we  will  all  do  this  the 
coming  year  will  bring  greater  blessings  to  us 
than  have  been  received  in  many  years,  past. 

With  this  thought  before  you,  I  wish  you  all 
a  happy  New  Year.  D.  J.  M. 

Pierre,  Rapid  City  and  N,  W,  Divisions— 

Bro.  Schleckau,  of  Philip,  had  to  go  to  Roches- 
ter to  consult  Dr.  Mayos,  but  hear  him  back  on 
the  wire,  so  I  guess  he  is  O.  K.  again. 

Bro.  Noe.  agent  Wall,  spent  Sunday  recently 
in   Rapid  City. 

Local  Chairman  Hunter,  agent  Wasta,  was  at 
Miller    over    Sunday    recently. 

Bro.  Noe,  agent  Owanka,  spent  Sunday  at  the 
home   of  his   parents   at   Wall   recently. 

Understand  Bro.  Genoway,  ex-agent  Wendt,  is 
to  be  reinstated  with  pay  for  all  the  time  he  has 
been  off.  We  all  hope  this  is  correct,  as  he  has 
been  a  good  man  for  the  company  as  well  as 
for  the  Order,  and  we  don't  like  to  lose  such 
good  brothers. 

The  "Milwaukee's"  bridge  over  the  Missouri 
River  at  Chamberlain  has  been  out  of  commission 
recently,  the  freight  going  over  the  P.  R.  C. 

I  hope  the  brothers  all  read  the  piece  in  the 
November  journal  relative  to  the  carrying  of  the 
United   Sutes   mails.     It   was   right  to  the   point. 

Bro.  M.  E.  Young,  agent  Midland,  off  several 
days  on  account  of  sickness,  was  relieved  by 
his  helper. 

Bro.  Vick,  agent  Quinn,  I  understand,  has  been 
obliged  to  go  to  the  hospital  for  an  operation. 
Cert.  619,  Div.  Cor. 

New  Orleans,  Atoblle  &  Chicago  R.  R. 

We  are  very  sorry  that  our  road  has  gone  into 
hands  of  a  receiver,  but  understand  there  will 
be  no  changes  in  officials  or  employes  at  present. 

Bro.  Meek  was  off  a  week  recently  on  account 
of    sickness. 

Bro.  Higgs  was  off  three  days  to  recruit  up, 
after  spending  the  summer  in  a  box  car  depot. 
Lumber  is  on  the  ground  to  replace  his  depot 
recently  destroyed  by  fire.  Ripley  depot,  de- 
stroyed by  fire  a  'few  days  ago,  is  being  rapidly 

Bro.  Sharpe  was  caDed  to  New  Albany  to 
work    third    trick    dispatcher    a    few   nights. 

Operator-clerk  position  at  New  Houlka  was 
bid  in  by  Bro.  M.  A.  Moore,  and  Mr.  Hern, 
a  new  man  from  the  I.  C,  bid  in  second 

J.  G.  Graves,  second  Houston,  has  gone  to 
Lucedale,    on    the    South    Division. 

We  still  have  a  few  nons  among  the  new 
men,  and  we  should  make  a  special  effort  to 
bring  them  in,  as  we  are  going  to  want  our 
schedule  revised  in  the  near  future  and  we 
want  to  be  solid.  I  think  it  the  christian 
duty  of  every  brother  to  get  after  the  nons  on 
our  division  and  persuade  them  to  turn  over  a 
new     leaf     for     the     New     Year. 

Digitized  by 

Cert.     108. 



The  Railroad  Telegrapher. 

Colorado  Midland  Ry. 

First  District — 

Bro.  II.  H.  Samraons,  from  tli«^  N.  C.  ik  St.  L., 
Memphis,  Tenn.,  is  relieving  Bro.  Shaffer  on  third 

Bro.  F.  M.  Wright,  Division  126,  late  from  the 
C.  &  S.,  is  relieving  Mr.  Brawner  at  Divide,  who 
is  relieving  Bro.  Potts  at  Florissant,  who,  with 
his  wife,  is  visiting  in  the  sunny  South.  Mr. 
Brawner's  application  was  turned  down. 

Colorado  City  "Z"  office  is  now  solid  for  the 
first  time  in  history.  Bros.  Johnson  and  Spanglcr 
hofh  being  up  to  date. 

"Bro:  James,  recently  resigned,  has  a  good  posi- 
tionf  in  an  oil  refinery  at  his  home  town. 

•Bro.  Collier  is  reporting  fine  fishing  down  in 
Texas.  They  must  be  tame,  indeed,  if  Ed  can 
Iftpd  them. 

We  are  all  sorry  to  hear  of  the  discharge  of 
Lineman  Ellinwood.  He  is  a  fine  fellow  in  every 
way  and  is  well  liked  by  all  the  boys. 

A  meeting  was  held  at  Florissant  on  Saturday 
night,  December  20th,  and  all  had  a  good  time. 

On  account  of  the  severe  snowstorm  that  blocked 
all  traffic,  the  dispatchers  and  operators  at  Colo- 
rado City  who  live  in  Colorado  Springs  had  to 
walk  back  and  forth  from  work,  and  some  records 
were  made  that  would  make  Weston  pale  for  want 
of  spHsd. 

Although  the  December  rate  was  cut  to  Grand 
Division  proportion,  we  still  have  several  nons 
on  this  district — Mr.  Reubendale,  agent  Manitou, 
and  Mr.  Webb  agent  Woodland,  the  only  two  "old 
timers'*  left.  Remember,  brothers,  "No  card,  no 
favors."  Mr.  Webb  promised  to  consider  the 
matter  if  he  was  on  the  road  until  last  September, 
and  you  can  easily  see  that  the  word  of  a  non 
is  not  to  be  depended  on. 

Bro.  Nash,  second  Wild  Horse,  and  Bro.  Devine, 
second  Divide,  spent  a  day  in  Colorado  Springs 

Bro.  C.  W.  Davis,  from  the  O.  W.  R.  &  N., 
relieved  Bro.  Scott  on  third  Arkansas  Jet.,  gone 
to  "Chi'*  for  the  holidays. 

Well,  boys,  1914  is  now  with  us.  Those  of  us 
who  have  not  given  Division  81  our  best  efforts 
in  the  past  year  should  turn  over  a  new  leaf  and 
keep  after  the  nons  until  the  division  is  solid. 

Wish  you  a  happy  New  Year.  Cert.  62. 

We  wish  to  express  to  the  members  of  Division 
81,  and  L.  A.  Division  23  our  thanks  and  appre- 
ciation for  the  kindness  and  sympathy  shown  us 
during  our  recent  sadness.  The  pretty  flowers 
sent  us  daily  meant  more  to  us  than  we  can  ex- 
press and  did  a  great  deal  toward  lightening  the 
burden    for  us. 

Elton  and  Mable  Crutchfield. 

Second  District — 

As  No.  4  plowed  through  the  now  into  Ivanhoe 
one  morning  recently,  Bro.  "Slim,"  our  corre- 
spondent, on  his  way  to  spend  the  holida>'s  with 
"Dad"    and    Mrs.    Ellis    at    Leadville,    stepped    off 

and  asked  me  to  do  the  editorial  stunt  this  month, 
and  while  I  did  not  have  time  to  accept  the  propo- 
sition, I  decided  to  take  a  chance.  Therefore,  if 
this  isn't  up  to  the  standard,  blame  "Slim." 

Mr.  Evans,  second  Cardiff,  on  leave  of  absence, 
was  relieved  by  Bro.  Crawford,  from  third,  and 
he  by  G.  R.  Smith,  a  new  man,  who  says  he  will 
get  the  necessary  first  pay  day. 

Bro.  O'Brien,  second  Leadville,  spent  the  holi- 
days with  "the  folks'*  at  home  in  Denver,  relieved 
by  Bro.  McDanicl,  of  Division  57. 

Bro.  J.  M.  Hill,  engineer  for  the  Denver  Water 
Company  at  Littleton,  has  been  almost  snowed 
under,  having  been  obliged  to  use  snowshoes  to 
and  from  the  boarding  house. 

During  the  recent  snow  blockade  in  the  vicinity 
of  Denver  and  on  the  First  District,  we  of  the 
Second  District,  on  top  of  the  hill,  enjoyed  regu- 
lar summer  weather,  with  no  delayed  trains  to 
our  record. 

Mrs.  Rose  and  baby  are  spending  the  holidays 
at  Loveland,  Colo.,  with  the  result  that  Ivanhoe 
is  at  present  a  typical  "bach*'  job.  Several  of  the 
boys  have  offered  to  find  me  a  cook  to  fill  the 
temporary  vacancy,  but  have  not  decided  as  yet 
to  accept  the  offer,  due  to  the  fact  that  Bro. 
Lively  at  Busk,  Bro.  Bugbee  at  Sellar,  and  the 
Ivanhoe  neighbors  have  asked  me  to  share  their 
Christmas  dinner,  and  an  occasional  pie  comes  in 
from  the  sympathizers. 

Bro.  Cooke  still  holds  his  old  record  of  having 
won  a  sufficient  number  of  turkeys  at  the  Ruedi 
turkey  shoot  to  supply  his  household  wants 
Christmas  and   New   Year's  day. 

Bro.  Lamborn,  third  New  Castle,  has  just  mdved 
his  household  goods  from  Denver.  We  arc  glad 
to  note  that  it  appears  Ed  is  going  to  stay 
with  us. 

Thirty-seven  strike-breakers  lost  their  lives  in 
an  explosion  in  the  Vulcan  mine  at  New  Castle, 
December  16th.  Our  sympathy  goes  out  to  those 
left  behind.  The  C.  M.  placed  an  engine  and 
crew  at  the  disposal  of  the  Vulcan  management 
during 'the  day. 

Our  meeting  at  Basalt,  December  20th,  was 
attended  by  Bros.  A.  C.  dnd  C.  F.  Ellis,  Clark 
Bugbee,  E.  Cooke,  J.  F.  Jones  and  myself.  "Pug" 
Gilbert  was  given  a  vote  of  thanks  for  placing 
the  Aspen  passenger  coach  at  our  disposal.  Gen- 
eral Chairman  Ellis  complained  to  a  certain  extent 
as  to  the  amount  of  heat, ,  but,  after  due  consid- 
eration he  was  instructed  to  wear  heavier  under- 
wear when  attending  meetings  on  the  Second  Dis- 

Upon  adjournment  of  the  meeting,  at  2:20  a.  m., 
we  called  upon  Mr.  Scandlan,  third  trick,  but, 
after  considerable  talk  by  the  general  chairman, 
we  were  unable  to  secure  his  application.  A  few 
startling  facts  came  to  light,  however,  and  while 
it  may  appear  like  the  story  of  the  fox  and  the 
grapes,  we  find  that  Mr.  Scandlan's  affiliations 
with  a  certain  financial  agency  and  the  office  of 
mayor  of  the  town  of  Basalt  prevent  his  having 
anything  to  do  with  labor  organizations,  and  labor- 
ing men  in  generakare  not  in  his  class. 

uigitizea  Dy 


The  Railroad  Telegrapher. 


No.  4  being  late  the  next  morning,  we  had  an 
opportunity  to  have  a  few  minutes'  talk  with 
Mr.  Bomeman,  who,  in  a  great  way  like  Mr, 
Scandlan,  does  not  need  the  money  and  Is  per- 
fectly  satisfied  with  present-day  conditions.  As 
to  who  brought  about  these  conditions,  he  is  un- 
able to  say,  but  presumes  they  are  due  to  corpora- 
tk>n  generosity.  It  was  also  learned  that  Mr. 
Bomeman  was  instructor  in  the  Modern  School 
of  Business  "ham  factory"  in  Denver  prior  to 
coming  to  the  Midland,  but  as  the  O.  R.  T.  could 
not  procure  any  wage  increase  on  the  position, 
it  was  decided  to  get  into  a  position  where  there 
was  a  chance  of  securing  a  betterment  of  working 
conditions  occasionally.  We  all  wish  to  thank 
our  obliging  chief  dispatcher  for  arranging  relief 
for  those  who  wished  to  attend  the  meeting. 

In  connection  with  the  small  attendance  at  this 
meeting,  I  fim  led  to  believe  that  there  is  a  lack 
of  interest  on  the  division,  which  we  should  en- 
deavor to  overcome,  Bro.  Jones  being  the  only 
member  present  from  west  of  Basalt.  It  is  ap- 
parent that  the  next  Second  District  meeting  will 
have  to  be  held  at  Cardiff. 

Bros.  A.  C.  Ellis,  R.  W.  Coldiron  and  S.  F. 
O'Brien  comprise  a  committee  which  I  have  ap- 
pointed to  investigate  the  advisability  of  holding 
an  O.  R.  T.  dance  at  Leadville.  The  proposition 
seems  to  be  meeting  with  popular  favor,  and  if  it 
is  decided  to  hold  it,  the  earnest  support  of  the 
entire  division   is  hereby  solicited. 

The  Second  District  now  has  four  nons,  includ- 
ing the  new  man  at  Cardiff. 

F.  B.  Rose,  Local  Chairman. 

Western  Maryland  Ry. 

Western  Difision — 

A  rousing  good  meeting  was  held  at  the  Wind- 
sor Hotel,  Cumberland,  beginning  at  8  o'clock 
Saturday  night,  December  13th,  and  lasting  until 
the  cold,  gray  dawn  of  Sunday.  The  attendance 
was  good,  four  divisions  being  represented,  and 
the  meeting  was  presided  over  by  our  worthy 
general  chairman,  Bro.  R.  E.  Smith.  Three  local 
chairmen  .  were  present,  as  was  also  Bro-  E.  C. 
Kohlbaugh.    our    general    secretary   and    treasurer. 

From  point  of  numbers  and  interest,  this  was 
one  of  the  best  meetings  ever  held  on  this  system. 
A  large  number  of  grievances  was  investigated, 
testimony  taken,  and  a  great  many  important 
affairs  were  gone  over. 

I  am  sure  that  all  those  who  were  fortunate 
enough  to  be  able  to  attend  this  meeting  went 
back  to  their  respective  homes  with  a  feeling  that 
it  was  well  worth  the  trouble  and  with  a  clearer 
idea  of  what  our  Order  is  and  what  it  stands  for, 
and  also  a  better  feeling,  not  only  towards  our 
k>cal  chairmen,  but  also  towards  our  general  com- 

Bro.  Smith  took  the  chair  and  gave  us  an  inter- 
esting and  instructive  talk  on  the  'work  of  the 
Order  and  what  has  been  accomplished  since  he 
has    been    general     chairman.       A    great    deal    of 

dissatisfaction  has  been  expressed  by  the  brothers 
on  this  division  of  the  last  agreement,  taking 
effect  May  1st  Bro.  Smith  went  over  this  thor- 
oughly and  made  the  parts  which  we  did  not  un- 
derstand clear,  and  while  we  will  all  admit  it's 
far  from  being  an  ideal  schedule,  it  compares 
very  favorably  with  those  of  other  roads  having 
two  or  thOe  times  as  many  members  as  we  have. 
Brothers,  here  is  the  situation  in  a  nutshell: 
If  a  general  committee  goes  up  with  a  62  per  cent 
membership,  they  will  get  a  62  per  cent  schedule 
and  no  more.  If  they  represent  95  per  cent  of 
the  men,  they  stand  a  good  show  of  getting  a  95 
per  cent  schedule.     There  is  a  moral  in  this. 

Another  highly  important  subject  that  was  dis- 
cussed was  to  find  some  means  to  provide  for  a 
paid  general  chairman.  Bro.  Smith  very  gen- 
erously offered  his  services  at  the  same  figure 
he  now  receives  from  the  company,  plus  a  reason- 
able amount  for  expenses,  but  even  this  we  can 
not  afford.  In  plain  English,  it  would  mean  that 
every  man  would  have  to  be  assessed  at  the  rate 
of  $2  monthly  over  and  above  what  he  now  pays. 
Of  course,  this  is  out  of  the  question,  but,  after 
a  lengthy  discussion,  it  was  decided  to  poll  the 
system  for  a  vote,  with  a  view  of  increasing 
the  semi-annual  dues  to  $5  instead  of  $4,  as  at 
present,  the  additional  money  to  be  used  exclusively 
to  pay  the  general  chairman  for  time  lost  and 
make  it  possible  for  him  to  visit  each  district 
three  or  four  times  each  year  to  get  acquainted 
with  the  men  he  represents,  holding  meetings 
wherever  possible,  looking  up  the  non-members, 
investigating  complaints,  and,  in  fact,  doing  gen- 
eral missionary  work  for  the  benefit  of  all. 
Brothers,  we  can  not  afford  a  paid  general  chair- 
man, nor  do  we  need  one  regularly;  but  with  this 
additional  dollar  every  six  months  we  can  have 
him  with  us  at  least  three  times  each  year  for 
several  days.      Vote  for  it. 

Another  knotty  affair  that  has  caused  a  great 
deal  of  dissatisfaction  on  all  the  lines  west  of 
Cumberland  was  discussed;  that  is:  Why  the 
company  is  allowed  to  ignore  our  agreement, 
which  has  been  violated  in  the  rankest  manner  by 
the  officials  of  this  division,  and  the  very  men 
who  have  suffered  most  by  these  violations  have 
done  the  least  to  remedy  them. 

Brothers,  it's  no  use  to  air  your  grievances  be- 
fore visiting  trainmen  or  others.  They  will,  of 
course,  extend  their  sympathy,  but  that's  all. 
Your  local  chairman  is  in  a  position  to  help  you, 
and  he  will  do  so,  but  you  must,  you  positively 
must,  do  your  part.  If  you  have  a  grievance, 
remember,  if  you  iiavc,  put  it  on  paper  in  a  plain, 
unbiased  way,  being  careful  that  you  state  facts, 
and  do  not  exaggerate.  Attach  every  scrap  of 
evidence  that  can  possibly  help  your  cause,  and 
send  it  promptly  to  your  respective  local  chair- 
men. They  will  do  the  rest.  Our  local  chair- 
men have  complained  of  lack  of  interest  in  our 
not  answering  communications  in  which  we  were 
asked  to  express  our  opinion.  Now,  brothers, 
this    is    not    fair    to    the    men    who    represent    us. 

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They  don't  get  one  cent  for  this  work,  and  we 
certainly  owe  them  the  same  courtesy  that  we 
would  extend  to  a  stranger  that  would  write  us 
seeking  information.  Cbrt.  254. 

Texas  &  Pacific  Ry. 

Transcontinental  Division — 

We  did  not  have  a  write-up  last  month  owing 
to  the  fact  that  our  nice  new  schedule  just  went 
into  effect  November  1st,  and  we  had  not  adjusted 
ourselves  to  the  situation  and  neglected  to  send 
anything  in,  but  we  hope  to  have  a  nice  little  write- 
up  every  month,  and  I  am  going  to  ask  each  mem- 
ber on  the  division  to  consider  himself  an  assist- 
ant correspondent,  and  send  me  all  the  news  items 
not  later  than  the  20th  of  each  month,  so  we  can 
get  them  in  on  time.  The  local  chairman  can't 
do  very  much  good  with  a  write-up  unless  the  ^ys 
send  him  the  news.  Any  changes,  deaths,  births 
and  anything  of  interest  among  the  brethren  will 
be  appreciateid  by  him. 

We  have  a  splendid  schedule  and  I  feel  that  all 
of  the  boys  appreciate  the  better  working  condi- 
tions, such  as  shorter  work  days,  overtime,  seni- 
ority, and,  in  fact,  everything  in  it  is  good,  and 
I  feel  that  there  is  due  our  faithful  and  efficient 
committee  and  the  O.  R.  T.  a  vote  of  thanks. 

In  behalf  of  the  company,  I  wish  to  make  a 
special  request  that  every  member  of  the  Order  of 
Railroad  Telegraphers  live  up  to  the  contract  in 
every  respect.  Show  our  management  that  we 
appreciate  our  better  working  conditions,  and  put 
forth  every  effort  that  we  can  to  increase  our  use- 
fulness to  the  company,  and  do  everything  in 
our  power  to  increase  its  revenue  and  decrease 
the  expenses.  We  agents,  especially,  can  help  the 
company  save  lots  of  money  in  the  course  of  a 
year  by  making  ourselves  useful  and  watchful  of 
the  company's  interest.  We  have  every  assurance 
the  company  is  going  to  live  up  to  the  contract. 
As  far  as  I  can  tell,  everything  has  been  moving 
along  nicely.  I  have  had  very  few  complaints 
so  far,  and  I  hope  the  boys  will  not  be  too  quick 
to  file  complaints,  and  feel  sure  that  if  the  matter 
is  taken  up  by  them  with  our  superintendent  that 
mistakes  and  misunderstandings,  in  most  cases, 
will  be  rectified. 

In  regard  to  overtime  and  loss  of  dinner  hour 
every  man  is  respectfully  requested  to  put  in 
all  of  his  overtime,  and  his  dinner  hour  when  lost. 
If  he  does  not  he  is  not  living  up  to  the  contract 
and  might  as  well  break  any  of  the  other  articles 
of  the  contract,  and  besides  he  will  be  the  loser, 
and  it  is  a  bad  practice  to  begin.  On  the  other 
hand,  I  hope  none  of  the  boys  will  act  arbitrarily 
in  regard  to  overtime  or  anything  else.  We  want 
every  man  on  the  division  to  absolutely  come 
clean  in  his  dealings  with  the  company,  and  if 
you  are  in  doubt  whether  you  are  expected  to  do 
a  certain  piece  of  overtime  work  ask  the  dis- 
patcher about  it,  as  you  will  not  be  paid  for  over- 
time unless  you  are  told  to  work  it. 

Bro.  Council,  operator  and  bill  clerk  at  "MS" 
Sherman,  was  relieved  for  the  holidays  by  Bro. 
Smith,  second  Bells  tower,  and  he  by  E.  P.  Martin. 

Bro.  Woodall,  cashier  at  Honey  Grove,  bid  in 
Windom,  relieving  Mr.  Mason,  who  returned  to 
Ft  Worth.  Bro.  Ebbs,  first  Honey  Grove,  while 
laying  off,  was  relieved  by  Mr.  Fitzpatrick. 

It  is  now  Bro.  Freeman,  agent  Nash,  and  Bro. 
W.  J.  Slay,  agent  Doddridge,  Ark.,  also  has  an 
up-to-date  card  and  $1,000  insurance  policy. 

There  are  still  several  bosrs  along  the  line  that 
are  not  members,  whom  we  hope  will  come  in  dur- 
ing January,  as  a  number  of  them  have  promised 
to.  If  every  member  would  put  forth  a  little 
effort  and  see  that  the  boys  next  to  him  on  both 
sides  stay  solid,  we  will  soon  have  the  T.  C.  Divi- 
sion as  solid  as  the  rock  of  Gibraltar.  Let's  do  it. 

I  hope  to  be  able  to  give  more  news  next  time, 
if  the  boys  will  drop  ms  a  line  every  time  they 
hear  or  learn  anything. 

Wish  you  all  a  happy  and  prosperous  New  Year. 

P.   Oi    RUTHVBN,   L.    C. 

Eastern  Division — 

It  should  be  our  aim  not  to  miss  having  a 
write-up  in  every  issue  of  Thk  Tklegraphir. 
While  we  have  been  very  busy  this  month  on  ac- 
count of  flood  conditions,  we  should  always  find 
time  to  send  in  a  line  or  two. 

I  am  very  hopeful,  as  we  are  getting  in  shape 
for  great  work.  We  ought  to  organize  a  •'Booster 
Club,"  and  make  the  Eastern  Division  100  per  cent 
Will  you  join  the  good  work?  I  am  at  your 
service  any  time,  and  any  matter  which  comes  up 
which  you  are  in  doubt  about  will  glady  furnish 
you  with  the  information  the  very  best  I  know 

Everybody  keep  posted  and  let  me  hear  from 
you,  and  especially  keep  Bro.  Montague  lined  up 
with  write-ups,  or  send  them  to  me.  We  are 
anxious  to  know  about  each  other,  and  we  can  use 
these  columns  to  keep  in  touch  with  each  other 
where  I  cotald  not  reach  you  with  the  same  effect 

"Barkis  b  willing."     Are  you? 

H.  H.  HoiFT.  L.  C,  MineoU,  Tex. 

lillnois  Central  R.  R. 

Louisiana  Division — 

At  Hammond,  on  December  6th,  we  had  the 
biggest  meeting  for  many  months;  about  thirty  of 
the  faithful  were  on  hand,  full  of  ginger — but 
nothing  stronger. 

The  recent  express  negotiations  were  discussed 
at  length;  Bros.  Rehorst,  Allen  and  Williams 
proved  to  be  the  live  wires  during  the  "balling." 

The  local  chairman  then  took  the  floor,  assert- 
ing that  the  parcel  post  had  dug  the  grave  of  the 
express  companies,  and  the  interment  would  be 
soon,  and  the  only  salvation  for  the  agents  was  to 
stick  to  the  good  old  O.  R.  T.  ship  and  boost  the 
game,  as  this  would  be  their  only  means  for 
getting  their  wages  adjusted  for  the  losses  in  ex- 
press commissions.  Legislative  committees  were 
appointed  to  have  bonding  bills  presented  to  the 
Mississippi  and  Louisiana  State  legislatures  during 
the   coming   sessions. 

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Before  adjouminf  Bro.  Sam  Turner  was  giren 
a  rising  vote  of  thanks  for  the  hospitality  and 
conrteous   treatment   to   the  visiting   members. 

Well,  Christmas  has  departed  and  we  are  now 
in  the  New  Year.  Nineteen-thirteen  has  not  been 
a  bad  year  by  any  means;  we  have  done  well,  and 
it's  up  to  every  individual  member  to  make  1914 
a  hummer,  and  the  only  way  to  do  it  is  to  •*be 
strong  and  of  good  courage/'  as  the  Lord  told 
Joshua.  Now  the  way  to  be  strong  is  to  stand 
together,  shoulder  to  shoulder;  back  your  gen- 
eral committee  to  a  man;  pay  your  dues  promptly, 
and  don't  make  it  necessary  for  the  general  chair- 
man and  the  general  secretary  and  treasurer  to 
canvas  the  division  and  appeal  to  you  personally 
to  pay  your  little  dues,  and  last,  but  not  least, 
have  confidence  in  your  general  committee;  when 
you  elect  a  man  to  represent  you  have  enough 
confidence  in  his  judgment  to  back  him  up — then 
you  will  get  results. 

Bro.  Chas.  Sl  John,  who  has  worked  con- 
tinuously in  Canton,  Miss.,  oflBce  since  1862,  was 
the  recipient  of  a  substantial  Christmas  present 
from  the  I.  C.  An  additional  man  was  put  on 
to  do  "St.V  work  and  the  old  gentleman  was 
told  to  come  down  when  he  felt  like  it  and  sit 
around  and  look  wise,  draw  full  pay,  and  shake 
hands  with  his  friends.     Some  class,  eh? 

General  Chairman  Mulhall  and  General  Secre- 
tary and  Treasurer  Shannon  went  over  the  divi- 
sion this  month,  shaking  hands  with  the  boys; 
incidentally  collecting  some  back  dues  and  strength- 
ening the  machine.  They  found  only  two  nons, 
much  to  their  surprise.  David,  the  great  king, 
once  said:  *'A11  men  are  liars,"  and  if  he  just 
added  "and  hard  to  get  money  out  of,"  he  would 
have  said  a  mouthfuL  It's  strange  how  some  men 
will  spend  their  money  for  all  kinds  of  trash  and 
fooUshness,  then  neglect  to  pay  their  dues;  neglect 
their  insurance,  then  die  and  leave  their  families 
destitute  and  ol^ects  of  charity.  "What  fools  these 
mortals  be"  is  a  saying  that  will  live  as  long  as 
the  world  stands. 

Bro.  Clyde  Henley,  "HN"  McComb,  Miss.,  has 
been  granted  a  four  months'  leave  of  absence  in 
order  to  attend  schopl.  The  temporary  vacancy  in 
"MO"  is  now  on  bulletin. 

Bro.  W.  C  Smith,  agent  Tickfaw,  La.,  post- 
poned his  vacation  until  December  ISth  in  order 
to  get  away  for  the  holidays,  Bro.  A.  K.  Ellzey 
relieved    bim. 

Bro.  O.  M.  Barbee  has  given  up  the  ticket 
agency  at  Hammond  and  gone  on  the  extra  list, 
but  with  several  bulletins  out  he  will  soon  be  a 
"regular"  again. 

Bro.  J.  L  Magee,  agent  Doyle,  La.,  attended  bis 
first  O.  R.  T.  meeting  at  Hammond  recently  and 
enjoyed  it  immensely.  He  said:  "The  operators 
have  some  smart  men  amongst  them."  My  I  this 
is  startling. 

Regret  to  announce  that  Bro.  E.  I.  Bordages, 
"BO"  in  "FD"  New  Orleans,  has  been  seriously 
ill  for  some  time.  Hope  he  will  soon  be  able  to 
resume   work.  Div.   Coa. 


To  Dr.  C.  W.  Patterson  and  Trained  Nurses 
Misses  Azwell,  of  Memphis,  Tenn.,  and  Perry,  of 
Rosedale,  Miss.,  for  kind  attention  during  my 
son's  last  illness;  also  Mrs.  W.  A.  Shelby,  who 
did  everything  possible  for  him  during  the  last 
three  days  of  his  life. 

Rosedale  Masonic  Lodge,  King's  Daughters  and 
many  friends,  I  wish  to  thank  for  loving  deeds 
and  tender  sympathy  during  the  illness  and  death 
of  my  only  child. 

He  was  not  afraid  to  die,  but  his  going  has  left 
a  void  in  my  life  which  eternity  alone  can  fill. 

To  the  many  friends  and  strangers  who  have 
telegraphed  and  written  words  of  comfort,  I  have 
no  language  to  express  my  appreciation;  also  the 
kind  friends  who  opened  their  homes  to  me  in  my 

I  also  wish  to  thank  the  Vicksburg  Division  of 
the  O.  R.  T.  and  H.  D.  Chaney  Chapter  O.  E.  S., 
and  other  friends,  who  sent  beautiful  flowers  when 
we  laid  my  boy,  Sidney  L.  Owen,  to  rest  in 
Rosedale   Cemetery   on  Thanksgiving. 

Mas.  Ida  M.  Owbn. 

Rosedale,   Miss.,   December   10,    1913. 

Wisconsin  Division — 

Notes  for  the  November  journal  were  sent  ik  too 
late  for  that  issue  and  were  published  in  December. 

The  first  and  important  item  is  that  our  dues 
for  the  first  term  of  1914  are  now  payable. 
Brothers,  don't  overlook  that  important  duty. 
You  owe  it  to  yourself  and  to  your  family.  A 
double  duty.  When  it  comes  to  separating  "the 
sheep  from  the  goats,"  there  will  be  but  mighty 
few  goats  found  on  this  division.  They  can  all 
be  counted  on  the  fingers  of  one  hand  and  will 
be  named  in  the  journal  next  month. 

With  reference  to  Pretxel  City  Oub  meetings, 
we  are  compelled  to  make  different  arrangements 
regarding  a  hall,  but  all  will  be  notified  by  postal 
when  and  what  change  is  made.  Remember  meet- 
ings are  held  the  third  Friday  of  each  month. 
Notes  of  these  meetings  will  appear  in  the  journal 
under  the  head  of  Pretxel  City  Club.  Look  for 

The  gravel  pit  at  Forreston  has  been  closed 
for  the  season,  so  Conductor  Curran  will  lose 
many  an  opportunity  to  use  the  telephone.  No 
doubt  he  will   feel  quite  lost.     We  should  worry. 

If  any  one  has  "a  bee"  for  sale  they  should 
communicate  with  Bro.  Pilgcr,  at  Haldane,  as 
he  desires  to  purchase  a  colony  of  them,  so  he 
may  have  honey  for  his  pan-cakes.  When  it 
comes  to  eating  honey,  he  is  the  real  honey-boy. 

Bro.  Eiser,  former  assistant  local  chairman, 
who  has  been  West  several  years,  is  back  with 
us  again,  and  now  on  second  La  Salle.  The  fact 
that  he  served  several  terms  as  local  chairman  on 
the  N.  P.  is  ample  evidence  that  he  is  a  live  O. 
R.  T.  wire.  Bro.  Olsen,  of  La  Salle,  is  now  en- 
joying a  visit  to  the  Western  Coast,  where  he 
joined  his  wife,  who  has  been  out  there  some- 
time. Bro.  Gilman,  second  there,  relieved  him 
on  first. 

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Bro.  Maske,  of  Rutland,  was  taken  suddenly 
ill  and  hastened  to  Chicago,  and  is  now  in  Mercy 
Hospital.  The  doctors  pronounced  it  a  light  case 
of  paralysis.  We  certainly  hope  the  brother  a 
speedy  and  complete  recovery.  Hro.  Neidigh, 
former  agent  at  Burlington,  who  resigned  to  enter 
the  horse  business,  is  at  Rutland  during  his  dull 
season.  He  worked  a  short  time  out  on  the 
Minnesota    Division,    but   prefers   his   old-love. 

Mr.  O'Toole,  Amboy  days,  is  still  confined  to 
the  house  by  sickness, ,  and  his  position  has  been 
bulletined  and  awarded  to  Bro.  Sherbert,  relieved 
by  Bro.  Hart. 

Third  trick  C.  G.  W.  crossing  awarded  Bro. 
Kickman;  agency  Munger  to  Bro.  French;  third 
Parkway  to  Bro.  Hamwits;  agency  Blanchardville 
is  now  bulletined.  Whoever  gets  it  will  know 
he    got    something. 

Bro.  Cox,  "KS,"  is  doing  extra  dispatching. 
It's  plain  to  be  seen  that  it  is  not  necessary  to 
go  outside  of  the  ranks  of  the  telegraphers  of 
this  division  to  get  train  dispatchers.  There  isn't 
a  man  holding  a  regular  position  as  dispatcher 
but  what  came  from  right  off  this  division. 

Bro.  Babbler,  of  Colvin  Park,  was  relieved  a 
few  days  by  Extra  Agent  Youngblood,  a  new 
man,  who  will  soon  be  a  full-fledged  member. 

New  seniority  lists  will  be  out  in  January,  and 
each  member  will  be  furnished  with  a  copy. 
These  will  most  likely  be  distributed  at  the  Feb- 
ruary meeting.  There  will  also  be  an  election 
of  officers,  and  we  will  have  with  us  that  night 
two  or  three  general  chairmen  and  secretary-treas- 
urers.    Don't  miss  that  ipeeting.  Div.  Cor. 

Iowa   Division — 

All  the  railroads  in  the  agricultural  belt  arc 
reaping  one  of  the  largest  harvests  for  some  time, 
and  are  using  every  effort  to  supply  cars  to 
move  the  large  grain  crop  in  these  sections. 

Bro.  A.  E.  Olsen,  car  distributor  at  Cherokee, 
and  Bro.  King  at  Claghorn,  visited  at  Sioux  City 
recently.     The  latter  also  visited  at  Lcmars. 

Bro.  Smith,  at  Quimby,  wishes  to  know  what 
has  become  of  the  Reynolds  Relay  Sounder  Co. 
Letter  addressed  them  at  Omaha,  Neb.,  recently, 
was  returned  to  him.  He  wishes  to  procure  one 
of  these  sounders,  and  any  information  along 
this  line  will  be  thankfully  received. 

Bro.  and  Mrs.  Libby,  at  Rowena.  recently  enter- 
tained Bro.  Stoker  and  wife,  from  Matlock,  Bro. 
Olsen  and  family,  from  Hills,  and  Bro.  Hatz, 
from    East    Soo    Falls,   at   dinner. 

Bro.  Tierney,  "K"  office,  Cherokee,  visited  at 
Mauson  recently. 

Bro,  Olsen  and  family,  at  Hills,  spent  Christmas 
with    folks    at    Alta. 

Bro.  and  Mrs.  Stoker  spent  Christmas  with 
folks    at    Sheldon. 

Bro.  Hill  was  unable  to  call  a  meeting  last 
month,  on  account  of  so  much  work,  together 
with    moving   into   his   fine    new   depot. 

Bro.  EUer,  Sioux  Falls,  visited  friends  at  East 
Soo   recently. 

The   only   position   on   bulletin   is   Wilke.      Every 

»c  is  settled  down  for  the  winter,  as  most  of  the 

boys     secured     their     vacations     during     the     fine 

Bro.  F.  S.  Prater,  who  relieved  Mr.  Finch,  at 
Ben  Clare,  is  on  a  visit  back  lEast  with  relatives. 

Bro.  Robinson  is  on  first  Parkersburg,  pending 
the  arrival  of  Bro.  Calhoun,  from  Alden,  whom 
wc    understand    secures    the    trick. 

Have  you  got  your  new  ^ard?  Do  not  let  your- 
self get  on  the  delinquent  track,  as  that  is  hard 

No  word  from  the  Omaha  Division  this  month, 
it  is  evident  this  has  been  too  busy  a  month  to 
secure  the  wanted  information,  but  let  them  come 
forth  next  write-up,  wc  want  all  the  notes  from 
the    entire    division    obtainable. 

Have  you  got  your  new  card? 

Cert.  998. 

St.    Louis    Division — 

I  will  be  glad  if  the  boys  having  items  will 
mail  them  to  me  at  Illinois  Jet.  or  to  Cairo. 

Bro.  Wilson,  third  Cairo  ticket  office,  called 
to  his  home  near  Louisville,  Ky.,  on  account  of 
the  sickness  of  his  father,  was  relieved  by  Bro. 
South,  of  first  there,  relieved  by  Bro.  Taylor, 
second  Ballard  Jet.,  and  he  h^  Bro.  Sanders,  from 

The  boys  at  Illinois  Jet.  have  a  new  office,  the 
old  one  having  been  enlarged  in  order  to  have 
a  large  switchboard,  capable  of  holding  all  the 
wires  entering  Cairo. 

Bro.  Cameron,  after  turning  out  his  whiskers, 
decided  he  looked  too  much  like  a  doctor,  or  too 
fatherly,  and  had  them  removed.  Bro.  H.  L. 
Dye,  second  at  Illinois  Jet.,  who  spent  the  sum- 
mer in  California,  on  the  Southern  Pacific,  has 
received  a  check  for  $5.20  for  fifteen  days'  back 
pay  on  account  of  the*  new  schedule  on  that  road. 

Chief  Dispatcher  J.  P.  Haden,  oflf  a  few  days 
gathering  his  corn  and  pumpkins,  was  relieved 
by   Mr.   Gannon,    from    Davis   tower. 

H.  L.  Dye,  Cert.  966. 

Whereas,  It  has  pleased  our  heavenly  Father 
and  all-wise  Ruler  of  the  universe  to  call  to  her 
reward  the  beloved  wife  of  our  brother,  H.  S. 
Noble;  in  manifestation  of  our  grief  and  fra- 
ternal sympathy  be  it 

Resolved,  That  the  members^  of  St.  Louis  Divi- 
sion No.  93,  Order  of  Railroad  Telegraphers,  ex- 
tend to  the  sorrowing  brother  and  members  of 
the  afflicted  family  their  sincere  and  heartfelt  sym- 
pathy in  their  bereavement;  and  be  it  further 

Resolved,  That  a  copy  of  these  resolutions  be 
forwarded  to  the  bereaved  brother,  a  copy  spread 
upon  the  minutes  of  the  division,  and  a  copy  for- 
warded to  The  Railroad  Telegrapher  for  pub- 

F.  M.  Karraker, 
Rad  Burnett, 
R.  L.  Shannon, 

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Northern  Dizision — 

Bro.  Beatty,  third  Randolph,  off  for  the  holi- 
days, was  relieved  by  Bro.  Arthur  Logervall, 
relieved  as  agent  Renovo  by  Fred  Johnson,  who 
will  soon  be  with  us.  Bro.  Joe  Lennon  expects 
to  take  a  few  weeks  off  when  Bro.  Beatty  returns. 
Agent  Potter,  Rich  Valley,  has  resigned,  re- 
lieved by  Thomas  McBride,  helper  Randolph. 

Bro.  C.  W.  Kbterba,  third  Kenyon,  was  away 
during   the   holidays. 

Bro.  Ed  Stack,  just  off  the  D.  M.  &  X.,  for- 
merly on  Randolph  third,  is  now  relieving  Mr. 
Mallum  on  second  Hayfield.  Glad  to  have  Ed 
with  us  again. 

Bro.  Geo.  Sullce,  third  Taopi,  on  vacation,  was 
relieved  by  R.  R.  Kirby,  not  long  in  the  business. 
His  father  being  a  N.  P.  local  chairman,  he 
won't  be  without  a  card  long. 

Bro.  Geo.  Smock,  from  the  C.  M.  &  St.  P.,  is 
on  second  £lma  while  Bro.  Dan  Lynch  is  at 
Aha  Vista  agency. 

Bro.  N.  E.  Latimer,  who  went  to  third  Hay- 
field  last  month,  has  returned  to  second  Sumner. 
relieved  by  Bro.  Griffin,  Sumner  second.  It  is 
now  Bro.  Littell  at  Sumner  third,  which  makes 
a  flolid  office  of  four  O.  R.  T.  members,  Mr. 
Congdon  having  resigned. 

Bro.  F.  M.  PickerinfiT.  resigned  at  Oclwein  "WI," 
has  been  a  member  for  years.  We  arc  sorry  that 
he  is  leaving  us,  but  wish  him  good  luck  wherever 
he  may  go. 

Bro.  E.  O.  Jarstad,  agent  Skyburg,  returned 
from  his  hunting  trip  in  Minnesota's  northern 
woods  and  brought  home  a  nice  buck  deer. 

Page  Brown,  first  trick  W.  M.  &  P.  Division 
dispatcher,  is  on  his  honeymoon.  Don't  push; 
there's  a  cigar  for  each. 

.\  new  year,  a  new  card.  Let's  all  get  a  new 
member.  Everybody  be  an  organizer,  and  we  will 
put  a  bunch  of  new  names  on  the  books.  Don't 
"let  George,  do  it"  all.  Drum  the  non  working 
with  you  and  the  one  near  you,  and  results  will 
be  great-  C.  E.  N. 

Seaboard  Air  Line  Ry. 

.V.  C.  Division — 

Agency  Mt.  Holly  bid  in  by  Bro.  W.  J.  Todd, 
relieved  at  agency  Hoffman  on  bid  by  R.  J.  Hil- 
dreth,  second  Keyser. 

Agency  Bostic  bid  in  by  Bro.  W.  B.  Hillburn, 
new  man  from  the  C.  C.  &  O.  Ry.,  relieved 
at  agency  Kollocks  on  bid  by  Bro.  J.  L.  Davis, 
second  **HV"  Hamlet. 

Agency  Moncure  bid  in  by  Bro.  C.  C.  Thomas, 
relieved  on  first  Moncure  on  bid  by  Bro.  T.  L. 
C^rdner,  agent  New  Hill,  and  third  Lumberton 
assigned  Bro.  Rowell. 

Bro.  Moore,  our  local  chairman,  off  a  few  days, 
was  relieved  by  Bro.  Hamilton,  and  he  by  Extra 
Bro.  Free,  relieved  by  Extra  Cox,  being  called 
home  owing  to  illness  in  his  family. 

N.  G.  Lcdbelter,  first  "CQ"  Columbia,  in  city 
ticket  agency,  relielred  by   Mr,  Rivers,  relieved  on 

second  by  Mr.   Fennell,  and  he  on  third  by  Bro. 

Bro.  Taylorv  Vass,  off  a  few  days  sick,  was 
relieved  by  Bro.  Edwards,  from  second,  relieved 
by  Bro.  Sharpc,  who  also  relieved  A.  G.  Hunter, 
Aberdeen,  a  few  days. 

Bro.  C.  F.  Harris,  message  operator  "H"  Ham- 
let, is  now  operator  and  extra  dispatcher  with 
the  N.  S.  Ry.  at  New  Bern,  relieved  temporarily 
by   Extra   Phillips,   from    the  W.   U.  at   Charlotte. 

Bro.  McDonald,  third  Marshville,  off  a  few 
days,  was  relieved  by  Brcv  Free,  and  Bro.  Meares. 
Blaney,  while  visiting  Columbia  was  relieved  by 
Extra  Cox. 

Mr.  Elfird  is  the  operator  added  to  the  rail 
gang  loading  rail  on   Hamlet  Distrkt. 

Bro.  Fisher,  second  Lumberton,  off  a  few  days, 
was  relieved  by  Extra  Cowan,  and  Mr.  Capps, 
third  Aberdeen,  by  Bro.   Sharpe. 

Extra  Huntley  is  at  "X"  Johnson  street  while 
Wilson   is  switching. 

Bro.  Scales,  third  "DS"  Monroe,  off  a  few 
days,  was  relieved  by  Mr.  Roof,  a  new  man  from 
the  Southern  Ry. 

Bro.  Patterson,  third  Lemon  Springs,  off  a  few 
days,  was  relieved  by  Extra  Cox. 

Mr.  Shooter,  Cayce,  off  thirty  days  deer  hunt- 
ing, was  relieved  by  Mr.  Roof.  Mr.  Perry  is  on 
second  Wadesboro  pending  bulletin. 

C.  M.  Freeman,  agent  Aberdeen,  while  attend- 
ing court,  relieved  by  Mr.  Poteet,  from  Keyser, 
relieved  by  Mr.  Carpenter,  a  new  man  from 
the  C.  &  N.  W. 

Bro.  Powe,  agent  Lemon  Springs,  off  a  few  days, 
was  relieved  by  Bro.  Maynard,  and  he  on  second 
by  H.  L.  Gunter. 

Bro.  T.  L.  Gardner,  New  Hill,  who  hurt  his 
leg  while  loading  baggage,  is  being  relieved  by 
P'xtra  Proveaux. 

Bro.   Mitchell,  second   Southern   Pines,  on  vaca-  , 
tion,   relieved  by  Bro.   Bailey,  and  he  on  third  by 
Bro.  Sharpe. 

Bro.  Causey,  first  Wadesboro,  attending  court, 
relieved   by   Bro.    Free. 

With  the  change  of  time-card  and  the  putting 
on  of  four  more  new  passenger  trains,  the  "Sea- 
board"  has  a   local   schedule   equaled   by   none. 

We  can  now  hold  our  meetings  east,  north, 
south  or  west  and  have  convenient  trains  to  attend. 
Let's  have  a  rousing  meeting  and  get  all  the  boys 
out,  make  these  meetings  interesting,  put  some 
ginger  in  the  boys,  and  come  out  and  have  a  good 
time.  I  sec  no  reason  why  we  should  not  hav< 
a  big  banquet  some  day  or  night.  Show  your 
colors  and  come  out  fifty  or  sixty  strong.  Don't 
mind  a  day's  **hay;"  you  can  make  it  up  the 
next  week.  Bring  along  the  new  men  coming 
to  our  line.  If  they  haven't  a  card,  we  can  fix 
them  up.  If  they  have  a  card,  drop  your  local 
chairman  or  Bro.  Cumming  a  card  and  give  their 
division  number,  and  let's  get  them  transferred 
to  the  S.  A.   L. 

Now,  a  word  to  you  night  hawks.  "Biz"  is 
picking  up  now,  and  with  the  new  passenger  trains 
on,  you  have  no  time  to  "hit  the  hay."  Stay  on 
the    job    and    show    what    good    service    an    Order 

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man  ean  give.  Aniwer  your  phone  promptly,  and 
assist  the  dispatchers  all  you  can.  They  will  do 
you  favors. 

G.  R.  Grubbs  has  been  assigned  third  trick  dis- 
patcher added  to  the  Hamlet  District.  Brothers, 
fill  out  the  information  blanks  sent  you  promptly 
and  return  to  Bro.   Moore. 

Our  local  chairman,  Bro.  E.  H.  Moore,  sur- 
prised us  by  getting  married  recently.  We  ex- 
tend to  himself  and  wife  our  heartfelt  congratu- 
lations and  trust  that  they  may  live  many  years 
filled  with  happiness,  and  that  Mrs.  Moore  may 
inspire  the  ladies  of  this  division  to  wake  up  to 
the  Ladies*  Auxiliary  to  the  O.  R.  T.,  and  thereby 
be  a  great  boon  in  furthering  the  interest  of  the 
men  and  women  on  this  division. 

Now,  let's  all  remit  our  dues  to  Bro.  Gumming 
at  once  and  thereby  keep  our  cards  up  to  date; 
also  keep  the  insurance  policies  in  effect.  Re* 
member  that  we  have  th^  best  and  cheapest  insur- 
ance known,  and  the  insurance  alone  is  worth  our 
entire  membership  fees.  So  let's  encourage  Bro. 
Gumming  by  being  prompt  in  all  things,  and 
make  him  feel  that  his  efforts  among  tis  are  re- 
ceived with  gladness  and  appreciation  on  our 
part  Bro.  Gumming  has  done  a  splendid  work 
for  us,  and  we  are  almost  solid,  am  glad  to  report. 
Let's  begin  the  year  by  showing  Bros.  Moore 
and  Gumming  that  we  are  co-laborers  with  them 
in  everything,  and  that  we  will  strive  to  make 
this  division  a  blessing  to  ourselves  and  an  honor 
to  the  Seaboard  Air  Line  Railway. 

Remember  that  promotion  comes  only  to  tliose 
who  show  ability  for  increased  responsibility,  and 
don't  try  to  see  how  little  you  can  do  and  hold 
your  job,  but  see  how  much  you  can  do  to  make 
the  road  popular  with  the  public,  and  never  fail 
to  put  in  a  word  for  your  road  when  you  see  it 
on  trial  for  its  merits  or  demerits.  Each  of  us 
should  feel  that  we  have  a  personal  interest  at 
stake  and  that  we^are  held  largely  responsible  for 
the  service  by  the  company  and  the  public;  so 
let's  strive  as  individuals  to  keep  down  every  com- 
plaint fro{n  any  source. 

I  hope  that  not  a  single  O.  R.  T.  man  will  be 
dismissed  from  the  service  this  winter  for  sleep- 
ing on  duty  and  stopping  the  limited.  Boys,  you 
know  what  it  means  to  stop  this  train.  Don't  let 
any  complaint  come  from  this  source.  Don't  touch 
a  drop  of  liquor.  The  few  dismissed  from  the 
service  because  of  drink,  I  am  glad  to  say,  were 
not  O.  R.  T.  men.  Such  men  are  a  menace  to 
the  railroad  and  a  disgrace  to  the  profession. 
Alcohol    and    railroads    can't    work    in    harmony. 

A  happy  New  Year  to  you  all. 

R.  H.  GuNNiKGHAM,  Div.  Gor.,  Gert.  197. 

Florida  Division — 

Bro.  J.  G.  Sale,  agent  Bronson,  has  resigned  and 
entered  the  service  of  the  Levy  Go.  Abstract  Go., 
succeeded  by  G.  S.  Hickson,  from  Otter  Greek, 
and  he  by  Bro.  W.  J.  Tillman.  We  all  wish  Bro. 
Sale  the  best  of  luck  in  his  new  venture.  Later 
Bro.  Hickson  went  into  the  drug  business  in 
Gedar  Key,  succeeded  by  Sister  Miss  M.  Sasser, 
from  Willeston. 

Third  Archer  abolished  on  account  of  the  joint 
agency  being  discontinued,  both  the  S.  A.  L. 
and  A.  G.  L.  now  having  separate  depots. 

Superintendent  Parsons,  Trainmaster  Pritchett 
and  Oaims  Adjuster  Witt'  spent  an  afternoon 
fishing  recently,  guests  of  Bro.  G.  P.  Graham. 
A  fine  time  ftnd  a  good  catch  was  reported. 

Miss  Eagan,  agent  Gampville,  has  returned  from 
a  pleasant  vacation  spent  in  Buffalo.  Glad  to  have 
her  back,  as  she  is  always  "on  the  job,"  and  be- 
sides, she  is  an  exquisite  little  lady. 

Braddock  decided  third  Ocala  was  good  enough 
for  him,  and  did  not  go  to  Femandina  as  con- 
templated. We  are  glad  he  did  not  go.  Adams, 
second  Ocala,  while  off  owing  to  the  illness  of 
some    of    his    folks   was   relieved    by    Mr.    Lemer. 

We  are  glad  to  say  that  Trcket  Agent  Boisseau 
has  joined  our  ranks  and  is  now  a  hot  O.  R.  T. 
man.  He  says  he  now  realizes  the  strength  there 
is  in  unionism.  If  only  a  few  others  could  see 
it  that  way,  we  would  not  only  have  strength,  but 
power  and  justice. 

Business  is  picking  up  right  along,  and  we  hope 
the  boys  will,  as  usual,  "hit  the  ball"  and  keep 
things  moving  through  the  rush.  Understand  the 
schedule  of  our  limited  is  to  be  made  faster  soon, 
in  order  to  compete  with  the  A.  G.  L.  between 
Jax  and  Tampa.  That  will  undoubtedly  hold 
our  business  and  get  us  more,  as  we  already  have 
the  most  popular  route.        Div.  Goa.,  Gert.  854. 

Ulster  &  Delaware  R.  R. 

Telegrapher  McDermott,  of  Grand  Gorge,  re- 
lieved Bro.  Griffin  at  Halcottville  while  off  on 
important  business. 

Bro.  Hedges,  at  Mt.  Pleaesant,  off  on  account 
of  sickness,  was  relieved  by  Telegrapher  Burger, 
who  will  join  as  soon  as  he  geU  steady  work. 

Agent  Smith,  at  East  Meredith,  was  off  two 
weeks,  relieved  by  T.  Ennist;  Bro.  Tucker,  at 
Davenport  Genter,  by  Mr.  Falk,  and  Bro.  Todd, 
at  Arkville,  by  Bro.  .Gartman,  relieved  by  Teleg- 
rapher Kingfield. 

Dispatcher  Leipold,  on  six  months'  leave,  is 
now  working  in  Florida,  relieved  by  Gopier  Gud- 
ney,  working  nights,  and  Bro.  Winchell  working 
as  copier.  Dispatcher  Decker  is  working  the  sec- 
ond trick. 

Telegrapher  Marks  lost  his  wife  recently  and  is 
left  with  a  one-year-old  child.  He  was  relieved 
during  her  illness  and  death  by  Bro.  Winchell  and 
"Bunk"  Brophy.  He  has  "bur  sympathy,  and  we 
hope  he  will  join  us  and  become  a  brother. 

Mr.  Falk  relieved  at  South  Kortright  while 
Bro.  Snyder  was  on  vacation. 

Bro.  James  Joyce  and  his  brother  Mike  are 
living  in  Kingston  while  their  house  is  being  built. 
Bro.  Lawrence  Joyce  expects  to  build  his  house 
some  time  in  the  spring. 

Bro.  T.  Ennist  relieved  Bro.  Roosa  at  Gold 
Brook  for  two  weeks. 

Bro.  Morris,  Markson,  has  gone  South  for  the 

Bro.  Kcator,  agent  at  Edgewood  last  summer, 
is  now  with  the  O.  &  W.  at  Franklin,  N.  Y. 

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jfro.  Peter  Leming,  of  Phoenicia,  while  consult- 
ing the  doctor  at  Kingston  was  relieved  by  Agent 

Boys,  have  you  paid  your  dues  yet?     Do  it  now. 

Wish  so/ne  of  the  boys  would  send  me  some 
news  occasionally..  My  aeroplane  is  broken  and 
I  am  unable  to  cover  the  line  every  day  to  get 
all  the  items.     Therefore,  I  need  some  assistance. 

Happy  New  Year  to  all.  There  is  nothing 
which  life  has  to  offer  so  satisfying  as  the  pro- 
found good  understanding  which  exists  between 
the  brothers  of  this  division,  each  of  whom  is  syre 
of  himself  and  sure  of  his  friends.  **Iki.** 

Duluth,  South  Shore  A  Atlantic  Ry. 

It  is  now  Bro.  Abby  at  Nestoria  second,  and 
Scewartz  says  he  will  soon  be  with  us.  The  boys 
at  Nestoria  are  getting  busy.  Let  us  all  follow 
in  their  footsteps.  Bro.  J.  J.  Stevens,  formerly 
on  second  there,  is  again  with  us  at  Sidnow. 

Bro.  Peck,  of  Dollar  Bay,  is  enjoying  a  two 
weeks'  vacation,  relieved  by  Bro.  Wubbena,  of 
Lanse,  and  he  by  Mr.  Derocher. 

C.  W.  Young.  Ewen  nights,  is  now  agent  at 
An  Train,  and  Bro.  Anderson,  who  Mr.  Young 
relieved,  is  at  Ewen  nights. 

Bilson  and  McMillian  are  up  for  bids. 

Div.  Cor. 

"Soo  Line"  Ry. 

We  are  closing  the  most  prosperous  year  in 
the  history  of  our  division.  There  have  been  more 
members  added  to  our  rolls  during  the  past  year 
than  ever  before  in  a  like  period.  At  the  close 
of  the  year,  it  gives  officers  of  the  division  great 
pleasure  to  announce  to  the  entire  membership 
that  we  have  more  members  in  good  standing  than 
we  have  ever  had.  Our  financial  condition  is  in 
the  best  shape  that  it  ever  has  been.  The  credit 
of  these  excellent  conditions  is  given  to  the  entire 
membership,  as  well  as  the  ofHcers  of  the  division. 

In  the  past  year  the  members  have  taken  more 
interest  in  the  organization  than  they  ever  have 
manifested  in  the  past  by  securing  applications. 
This,  to  a  great  extent,  accounts  for  our  great 
gain  in  members  during  the  year. 

We  have  all  done  our  duty  in  the  year  just 
closed,  and  the  officers  desire  to  thank  the  entire 
membership  for  the  aid  and  loyal  support  that  they 
have  been  given  in  the  past. 

Beginning  with  the  New  Year,  let's  all  of  us 
exert  ourselves  just  a  little  more  than  we  have 
done  in  the  past.  If  we  will  do  this,  there  is  no 
doubt  but  what  we  can  have  a  better  showing  at 
the  end  of  the  coming  year. 

We  have  a  few  nons  left  on  the  system,  and  in 
order  to  make  our  percentage  reach  the  100  per 
cent  mark,  we  will  continue  to  allow  every  member 
a  credit  on  their  dues  of  $2.00  for  every  applica- 
tion that  they  secure  and  turn  in  to  the  secretary 
and  treasurer,  accompanied  with  the  necessary 
amount,  which  during  the  various  months  are: 
January    or    July,    $11.50;    February    or    August, 

$10.35;  March  or  September,  $9.20;  April  or 
October,  $8.00;  May  or  November,  $6.85;  June  or 
December,  $5.65.  These  amounts  pay  up  to  June 
30th  or  December  31st,  exclusive  of  the  insur- 
ance. The  applicant  pays  nothing  for  his  insur- 
ance until  he  receives  his  policy.  The  cost  of  the 
insurance  is:  One  thousand  dollars,  $7.20;  five 
hundred  dollars,  $3.60;  three  hundred  dollars, 
$2.40  per  year;  payable  half  of  the  above  amounts 
the  first  of  the  year  and  July  1st  each  year  in 
advance.  Please  keep  these  figures  for  reference 
to  be  used  when  you  secure  an  application.  In 
case  you  lose  them  you  can  ascertain  the  correct 
amount  to  collect  from  the  general  secretary  and 
treasurer,  or  the  general  chairman. 

Again  thanking  the  entire  membership  for  the 
aid  that  they  have  rendered  to  their  officers  in  the 
past,  we  earnestly  request  each  member  to  assist 
us  in  the  future. 

If  we  will  all  get  out  and  lend  a  helping  hand, 
we  can  reach  the  100  per  cent  mark  within  the 
next  six  months. 

Do  not  abuse  the  poor  nons,  but  try  to  con- 
vince them  that  it  is  to  their  interest  to  support 
the  organization.  Get  to  work  on  the  non  in 
the  office  with  you.  He  is  enjoying  the  benefits 
that  you  are  paying  for,  and  it  is  no  more  than 
justice  that  he  should  help  bear  the  expense. 

The  organization  does  not  owe  a  single  man  that 
is  following  the  profession  for  a  living  a  cent; 
while,  on  the  other  hand,  every  man  is  indebted 
to  the  organization  for  at  least  his  membership  in 
order  to  help  pay  for  the  benefits  he  has  been 
enjoying  at  the  expense  of  the  loyal  members. 

Wish  every  member  and  his  family  a  happy 
New  Year.  Cirt.  94. 

Chicago  Division,  First  and  Second  Districts — 

Bro.  V.  B.  Wells,  third  Kelze,  off  sick,  later 
resigned,  relieved  by  J.  F.  Callahan,  and  he 
later  by  J.  R.  Ibsen  on  bid,  relieved  on  third 
Medina  Jet.  by  C.  J.  Wightman,  later  by  O'Mara. 
Ibsen  has  promised  to  qome  in  with  the  New  Year. 
Bro.  P.  H.  Clark,  first  Kolze,  off  a  few  days,  was 
relieved  by  J.  F.  Callahan.  The  new  station  and 
hotel   there  are   nearing  completion. 

Bro.  L.  E.  Kruger,  third  Grays  Lake,  off  a  few 
days  on  account  of  sickness,  was  relieved  by 
O'Mara,  who  later  went  to  third   Medina  Jet. 

Bro.  A.  R.  Lund,  second  Lake  Villa,  on  vaca- 
tion, spent  Christmas  in  Minneapolis,  relieved  by 
Shrier.  Bro.  A.  K.  Satterfield,  third  Lake  Villa, 
while  visiting  relatives  in  Waupun,  was  relieved 
by   P.  J.   Weber,  later  by  ex-Bro.  Nick  Schesser. 

H.  L.  Lepinski  bid  in  third  Burlington;  C.  T.  U.- 
Bro.  D.  L.  McCoy  bid  in  ''FN"  nights,  relieved 
on  third  Rugby  Jet.  by  Bro.  Thos.  ICarr,  he  on 
second  there  by  Ncudeck  for  one  day,  then  re- 
signed, relieved  by  Bro.  Karr,  he  on  third  by  P. 
J.  Weber,  later  by  C.  A.  Cook,  he  by  Nick 
Schesser  for  two  days,  who  then  resigned,  relieved 
by  Bro.  Karr,  he  on  second  by  Bro.  A.  N.  Theisen, 
relieved  on  first  there  by  P.  J.  Weber.  Later,  A. 
H.  Lapoint  bid  in  third  Rugby  Jet.,  Bros.  Theisen 
and  Karr  going  back  on  first  and  second,  the 
latter  on  bid. 

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F.  E.  Buttke,  first  Shops  yard,  off  sick,  relieved 
by  P.  J.  Weber,  he  by  F.  J.  Dehor,  relieved  by 
J.  F.  Callahan,  who  later  resigned  by  request, 
relieved  by  P.  J.  Weber,  and  he  by  J.  McDonald. 

Ex-Bro.  J.  H.  Burns,  car  distributor  at  Shops, 
off  over  Christmas,  relieved  by   P.  J.  Weber. 

Bro.  H.  S.  Day  goes  to  Medina  Jet.  second  on 
bid  as  soon  as  relieved  as  agent  at  State  Hospital. 

W.  Riddehough,  agent  Fremont,  off  a  few  days, 
was  relieved  by  John  Gutman,  from  second  Col- 
gate, closed  temporarily. 

Bro.  Frank  Runte  bid  in  first  Waupaca,  re- 
lieved on  third  there  by  Bro.  I.  B.  Erickson  on 
bid,,  and  J.  A.  Anthony  bid  in  Custer  agency. 

Bros.  Leek,  Lund  and  Theisen  sent  in  items 
this  month.     Thanks,  come  again. 

Jack  Frost,   Div.   Cor. 

Minnesota   Division — 

Canulcn     Place — Bro.     Leo     Hanson,     on     short, 
vacation,    was     relieved     by     Leo     Grinney,    third 



Loretta — Bro.  E.  E.  Blair  resigned  third  to 
accept  agency  at  Fairmount,  N.  D.,  with  the  F. 
&  V.  Ry.,  relieved  by  O.  White,  later  resigned, 
relieved  by  E.  J.  Hughes.     We  wish  Earl  success. 

Buffalo — Mr.  Yow  on  third,  formerly  third  at 

South  Haven — Bro.  .\.  J.  Schlink  made  his 
annual  trip  to  Brooten  to  take  in  the  Norwegian 
Hailing  Steve,  and  reports  having  a  "gude  ol' 

Watkins — Bro.  E.  Gilland  bid  in  third,  reliev- 
ing  Bro.    Leo   Solinski. 

Etlcn  Valley — Bro.  E.  J.  Harlin  bid  in  agency, 
relieving  Bro.  C.  L.  Boylen,  resigned,  who  went 
with  the  Equity  Co-operative  Grain  Exchange  at 
Minneapolis.  Chas.  is  a  hustler  and  will  make  good 
in  his  new  field. 

Lintonville — Bro.  A.  J.  Bauman  bid  in  Manfred 
agency,  relieved  by  Bro.  G.  L.  Hills,  third  Payncs- 
ville,   on   bid. 

Brooten — ^J.  W.  Wilson,  from  Chicago  Division, 
relieved  Bro.  C.  E.  Kitner  on  third,  transferred 
to  second  Ambrose.  Mr.  Wilson  promised  to 
secure  card  this  pay  day. 

Sedan — Bro.  E.  E.  Johnson,  on  vacation,  re- 
lieved by  Mr.  Beird,  a  new  man. 

(ilenwood — Bro.  Edgar  Formoe  bid  in  second, 
formerly  second  "BK."  Bro.  E.  }.  Yapp,  former 
agent  Columbus,  bid  in  the  agency  here.  Back  at 
the  old  stand  where  the  chance  for  work  does  not 
go    begging. 

Hoffman — Mr.  Connell,  from  the  C.  G.  W.,  re- 
lieving  Bro.   Harlin   temporarily. 

Elbow  Lake — M.  P.  0*Hare  relieved  on  first, 
trick  abolished,  and  went  to  Dalton,  Ga.;  Bro.  W. 
T.  Mclver,  from  the  W.  &  P.  Division,  on  second; 
W.  I.  Jacobson  on  third,  who  has  in  his  appli- 

Nashua — Second  and  third  abolished  for  the 
winter.  Bro.  De  Bore  with  a  helper  doing  "CN" 

Fairmount — Bro.  Payne  lost  two  clerks,  owing 
to  the  slack  of  !»usiness,  which  makes  things  lively 
for   "Bill/' 

Enderlin — Second  Trick  Dispatcher  E.  M.  War- 
burton,  on  vacation,  was  relieved  by  Mr.  Hufiing- 
ton.  The  three  side  table  operators  are  now 
handling  train  orders  at  "RD,"  with  Bro.  L  B. 
Iverson,  Mr.  Johnson  and  Mr.  Ovcrsjreet  doing 
the   tricks. 

Courtenay — Bro.  Hartho  resigned  to  accept  a 
position  with  a  bank.  Sorry  to  see  Ted  leave  and 
wish  him  the  best  of  success. 

Minot — Bro.  J.  E.  McCullough,  accompanied  by 
Bro.  E.  J.  Ringstrom,  of  Brooten,  journeyed  to 
Minneapolis  to  take  in  the  Chicago-Minnesota 
football  game,  and  both  enjoyed  the  short  time 
they   were  absent   from   their  strenuous  duties. 

Columbus — Bro.  M.  L.  Foreman  assigned  the 
agency  after  several  months  as  relief  agent,  re- 
lieving Bro.  E.  J.  Yapp,  transferred  to  Glenwood 
agency.  \ 

Kermit — Bro.  Davies,  agent,  doing  nicely  hand- 
ling the  buzzer  quite  well.  Hope  he  will  stick 
it  out. 

•Ambrose — Bro.  G.  Yoe  bid  in  Buffalo,  Bro.  D. 
T.  Phillips  resigned,  gone  back  East.  Work  train 
on  construction  work,  Ambrose  extension,  pulled 
off  for  the  season. 

A.  W.  Shepherd,  trainmaster  Third  and  Fourth 
Districts,  transferred  to  C.  T.  D.  *'A"  office  Min- 
neapolis, relieved  by  T.  C.  Loftus,  former  train- 
master First  and  Second  Districts,  succeeded  by 
W.  H.  Corbett,  who  was  C.  T.  D.  '^A"  office 
Minneapolis  a   number   of   years. 

Thanks  to  the  brothers  for  sending  us  the  news 
items.  Keep  it  up  and  we  will  have  a  monthly 
write-up.  Cert.  124. 

Dulitth-Superior  Diiision — 

Business  on  our  division  has  been  pretty  brisk 
and  operators  have  been  in  demand  on  account 
of  the  opening  up  of  several  new  night  and  day 
offices  along  the  Plummer  and  Brooten  Lines. 
Few  of  these  new  men  belong  to  the  Order.  The 
new  positions,  some  of  them  choice  jobs  have  not 
been  bulletined  an-i  men  with  practically  no  rights 
have  been  placed  on  these  positions  desired  by 
brothers  with  considerable  seniority.  Calls  for 
bulletin  have  been  disregarded.  It's  high  time 
we  were  awakening  to  the  fact  that  our  appeals 
have    been    without    consideration. 

.\  grievance  should  be  framed  and  sent  to  our 
local  chairman  calling  for  bulletin  of  all  vacancies 
and  new  positions,  and  requesting  respect  for 
seniority.  Let  us  be  up  and  doing;  do  not  delay 
longer;   act  now  I 

Bro.  E.  L.  Allen,  former  division  relief  agent, 
bid  in  Moose  Lake  competitive  agency  permanently, 
a  very  responsible  position.  He  carries  with  him 
our  best  wishes  for  success. 

Agent  .\.  A.  Seeman,  Onamia,  resigned,  suc- 
ceede<l  by  T.  W.  Clark,  relieved  on  second  by  Bro. 
Drumm,  from  the  C.  &  N.  W.  One  more  brother, 

It  is  now  Bro.  H.  IC.  Duffy,  a  very  popular  and 
desirable  member  who  will  take  an  active  interest 
in   our   organization. 

H.  T.  Titus  has  returned  from  a  vacation  to 
Solana  agency.  We  have  his  promise,  boys.  Do 
noi    let    him    escape. 

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Bro.  Clark,  third  "SA,"  called  home  owing  to 
his  mother's  illness,  was  re'icved  by  Bro.  Bniss, 
anl  he  on  second  by  Bro.  Uokenson,  just  returned 
from  the  West. 

I  ronton  agency  opened  up  by  Bro.  C.  V.  Dens- 
more,  of  third  "SO,"  formerly  with  the  Mo.  Pac. 
in  Nebraska. 

Bro.  Hazen  has  returned  from  a  visit  at  Stevens 
Point  to  first  "Q,**  with  bis  wife.  They  have  our 
best  wishes  for  a  happy  union.  Bro.  Roderick, 
second  "Q,"  to  Solana  second;  later  to  third  **JD," 
relieved  by  Bro.  Fogarty,  from  the  Winnipeg  Divi- 
sion. Mr.  Sprague,  who  relieved  Mr.  Nagle,  sec- 
ond "JD,"  resigned,  was  relieved  on  third  for 
Thanksgiving  by  S.  Martin,  who  later  went  to 
Palisade  second,  S.  Jones  going  to  third.  We 
should  see  that  Jones  and  Martin  have  a  pressing 
invitation  to  join. 

Bro.  Ballon,  first  "BX,"  to  "BG"  second  on 
December  17th  on  emergency.  J.  H.  McKnite  is 
now  on  first  "BG,"  with  D.  C.  Burnside  on  third, 
and  Mr.  Millgard,  a  new  man^  on  second.  Here's 
a  good  chance  for   missionary   work,  brothers. 

Bro.  H.  E.  Duffy,  now  on  first  "M.\;"  Bro. 
Shertler  on  second;  Bro.  Johnson,  pf  first  "MA,** 
to  "JD"  first;  Bro.  Sabine,  of  first  "JD"  going  to 
third  "MA." 

Bro.  Dave  Swan,  second  Ironhub,  to  Solana 
second,  relieving  Bro.  Roderick. 

"RO,"   Cert.   941. 

C,  R.  I.  A  P.  Ry. 

Dakota  Dkision — 

There  were  fourteen  present  at  the  Iowa  Falls 
meeting,  December  17th,  from  the  Dakota  and 
Minnesota  Divisions. 

General  Secretary  and  Treasurer  Bro.  Mcador 
gave  us  a  good  talk  on  the  schedule.  A  good  many 
of  the  brothers  did  not  understand  it,  and  had  not 
been  getting  what  was  coming  to  them. 

There  should  have  been  some  of  the  brothers 
from  the  Forest  City  branch  in  Iowa  Falls,  but 
none  showed  up.  They  missed  a  good  time,  also 
a  good  chance  to  get  acquainted  with  some  of  the 
other  brothers.  We  hope  at  the  next  meeting  we 
can  draw  a  better  crowd. 

On  December  18th  we  held  a  meeting  at  Esther- 
ville  and  had  a  fine  crowd,  about  twenty-five  of 
the  brothers  being  there.  We  also  had  the  divi- 
sion officials  there,  except  Mr.  Rosser,  he  being  in 
l)es  Moines  and  could  not  get  there. 

Bro.  Meador  was  also  at  Estherville.  and  wc 
expected  Bro.  Brown,  but  he  was  tied  up  in  Chi- 
cago on  committee  business  and  could  not  get 

\V>  are  planning  on  holding  another  meeting  at 
Estherville  in  the  near  future  and  hope  Bro. 
Brown  will  be  able  to  attend. 

It  would  be  nice  if  we  could  hold  meetings  at 
Estherville  regularly,  get  a  hall  and  have  a  regu- 
lar date  for  holding  it,  and  every  brother  come 
and  help  to  get  a  crowd  and  have  a  good  meeting 
every  month.  If  you  had  been  to  that  meeting 
you  sure  would  have  had  a  good  time  and  wouM 

have  wanted  to  come  again.  Get  to  the  next  one 
and  then  you  won't  want  to  miss  any  of  them. 

Bro.  Meador  explained  the  schedule  to  the  bunch 
and  some  of  the  brothers  found  they  had  not  been 
getting  all  that  was  coming  to  them  also. 

Mr.  Peterson  promised  to  get  the  bulletins  out 
regularly  from  now  on;  they  will  be  out  about 
the  5th  and  20th,  so  if  you  don't  get  one  about 
that  time,  drop  Mr.  Rosser's  office  a  note.  It 
may  be  that  they  had  missed  you  in  mailing  them 

The  seniority  list  will  be  made  up  the  first  of 
the  year,  and  one  will  be  mailed  to  every  office. 
If  you  don't  get  one,  ask  for  it. 

Mr.  Peterson  said  he  had  been  having  trouble 
with  the  "505"  report,  some  of  the  agents  not 
making  them  out  right.  Now,  this  is  a  simple 
report,  and  should  be  made  out  correctly.  If 
there  is  anything  that  you  don't  understand  about 
it,  ask  Mr.  Rosser's  office,  and  they  will  make 
it  plain  to  you. 

Mr.  Callender  said  some  had  not  been  making 
out  the  overtime  slips  right,  some  of  them  show- 
ing that  the  hours-of -service  law  had  been  vio- 
lated. This  law  should  not  be  violated,  and  if 
your  slips  show  that  it  has  been,  Mr.  Callender 
will  send  them  back  to  you  for  correction,  asking 
you  to  show  time  off  for  meals  which  you  all 

When  you  hear  of  another  meeting  at  Esther- 
ville, all  of  you  get  there  who  possibly  can.  A 
vote  of  thanks  was  extended  Mr.  Rosser  for  his 
efforts  in  letting  the  brothers  off,  so  this  meeting 
would  be  a  success,  also  for  holding  No.  923  one 
hour  and  forty-five  minutes  for  the  boys  from  the 
west  end. 

C.  J.  Wilson,  former  superintendent  Dakota 
Division,  was  also  extended  a  vote  of  thanks  for 
his  kindness  in  furnishing  us  a  room  in  the  Gards- 
ton  Hotel,  and  then  would  not  take  anything 
for  it. 

Bro.  Langton  and  agent  Rath,  from  the  M.  & 
St.  L.,  and  Bro.  Maher,  who  is  farming  now  but 
still   holds  an   O.   R.  T.  card,  were  present. 

Bro.  Meador  can  sure  give  us  the  "dope"  on 
the  schedule.  We  enjoyed  his  visit  very  much. 
The  only  thing  about  him  is  that  he  sleeps  too 
loud.  I  was  several  rooms  from  him  and  could 
hear  him  sleeping  very  plainly,  but  can  forgive 
him  for  that  if  he  keeps  on  working  as  hard  in 
the  future  as  he  has  in  the  past.  We  have  a  goo<l 
man  for  G.  S.  &  T.,  and  we  hope  to  have  him  at 
some  of  our   future  meetings. 

Bro.  Manby,  relieved  at  Clarion  by  Bro.  Story, 
from  Germania,  has  gone  to  Ocheyedan  as  agent, 
Bro.  Sturdevant  relieving  at  Germania.  Operator 
position  at  Luverne  cut  off. 

Bro.  Lockwood  is  relieving  at  West  Bend  pend- 
ing bulletin.  Did  not  learn  where  Bro.  Paterson 
is  going. 

"Ye  Scribe"  was  relieved  on  second  Dows, 
December  18th,  while  attending  the  meeting  at 
Estherville,  by  Mr.  Bellman,  former  agent  at 

If  any  of  the  brothers  are  short  on  their  pay- 
roll  any   time,   take  it  up   at   once   with   Mr.    Ros- 

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set's  office,  and  if  he  can  not  ^t  it  adjusted,  take 
it  up  with  our  local  chairman.  We  want  alt  that 
is  coming  to  us,  and  this  is  sometimes  the  only 
way  to  get  it. 

Get  after  the  nons  and  keep  them  going.  Show 
them  that  this  is  the  only  hope  for  them.  Let  us 
see  if  we  can't  make  the  Dakota  Division  solid. 
You  all  have  a  list  of  them.  Keep  it  on  your 
table,  and  be  careful  where  you  give  your  favors. 
We  have  a  few  "hardshells"  on  the  Dakota  Divi- 
sion. Remember  them  when  they  want  a  favor. 
We  favor  them  enough  in  the  schedule  without 
giving  them  any  favors  in  their  work.  Save  your 
favors  for  some  brothers,  and  the  nons  will  soon 
see  their  way  clear  to  come  in. 

I  suppose  all  of  you  read  of  the  "Royal  Mooch- 
ers'  Convention"  in  the  November  journal.  You 
should  remember  that  we  have  quite  a  few  of 
them  on  this  division.  Remember  them  when  they 
ask  for  something,  and  tcU  them  to  get  it  from 
some  of  the  other  "Moochers." 

Time  has  come  for  the  payment  of  dues  for 
the  term  ending  June  30th,  and  get  them  in  not 
later  than  the  February  pay-day,  also  the  M.  B.  D. 
to  Bro.  Quick  then,  so  you  will  be  in  good  stand- 
ing all  the  time. 

Remember  that  in  the  last  schedule  nearly  all  the 
men  who  did  not  get  a  raise  were  nons.  Don't 
drop  out,  for  we  may  cut  all  the  nons  out  of  the 
schedule  next  time.  Even  if  you  did  not  get  any 
increase  on  the  last  schedule,  it  should  be  worth 
something  to  know  that  what  you  are  now  getting 
is  being  protected — to  know  that  they  can  not  cut 
your  salary;  even  by  cutting  out  the  wires  it  re- 
mains the  same.  One  operator  pulled  off  at  Sib- 
ley, Bro.  Stanley  going  to  Laurens,  relieving  Bro. 
Gashel,  who  bid  in  White. 

On  account  of  reduction  in  force,  two  clerks 
were  pulled  off  in  the  superintendent's  office  at 
Estherville,  also  a  clerk  in  the  master  mechanic's 
office,  the  assistant  car  distributor  and  "CT"  80 
clerk  in  the  chief  dispatcher's  office.  Mr.  Win- 
grave,  of  third  Estherville.  was  bumped  by  his 
friend  from  Indiana,  Mr.  Stagg,  extra  dispatcher. 
Mr.  Stagg  was  in  Indiana  for  the  holidays,  re- 
lieved by  Mr.  Wingrave. 

Mr.  Peterson,  agent  Ottosen,  has  promised  to 
get  a  card.  The  brothers  »hould  see  that  he  does 
this,  and  then  line  up  the  one  remaining  agent 
between  Iowa  Falls  and  Estherville — the  agent  at 
Popejoy.  Div.  Cor. 

IVest  hrwa  Division — 

Bro.  H.  O.  Lorenzen,  first  Atlantic,  is  now  back 
to  work,  after  a  couple  of  weeks'  duck  hunting 
in  the  northern  part  of  the  Sute,  but  Otto  was 
rather  unsuccessful  on  account  of  the  deep  snow. 
He  was  relieved  by  Bro.  M.  E.  Wallace,  and  he 
by  Bro.  J.  H.  Redmond,  the  latter  now  being  in 
the  neighborhood  of  Minneapolis. 

W.  P.  Barrett  is  now  in  "H"  Council  Bluffs. 
We  hope  "Bill"  is  getting  better  of  the  rheumatism 
he  has  had  for  some  time  and  will  soon  be  able 
to  get  that  new  card,  as  he  was  benefited  this  time 
with  just  as  much  as  the  boys  with  up-to-dates. 

Bro.  W.  J.  Edwards  has  resigned  as  general 
secretary  and  treasurer,  succeeded  by  Bro.  Meador. 
Here's  wishing  Bro.  Meador  the  best  of  success. 
Let  every  member  do  all  he  can  to  assist  him, 
and  "keep  the  ball  rolling."  Sorry  to  see  Bro. 
Edwards  leave  us,  as  it  is  partly  due  to  his  efforts 
that  we  received  our  last  raise. 

We  were  all  very  glad  to  learn  of  the  raise, 
which  took  effect  the  first  of  November,  espe- 
cially the  nons  and  delinquents,  as  Mr.  Non  has 
it  figured  out  he  is  getting  something  for  nothing. 
He  should  use  a  little  reason,  think  this  thing  over 
and  get  in  line,  as  it  is  a  serious  question.  With 
$2.50  to  $5.00  raise  each  time,  where  can  he  make 
a  better  investment  than  to  have  an  up-to-date 
card.  Every  new  schedule  brings  him  twice  and 
sometimes  four  times  the  amount  of  such  an  in- 
vestment. It  is  a  benefit  to  him  and  his  family,  so 
start  the  new  year  right  by  getting  a  card.  If  he 
would  lend  his  wife  the  money,  she  would  surely 
get  him  an  up-to-date  card  for  a  New  Year's 

Wish  you  all  a  happy  New  Year. 

L.  E.  H.,  Cert.  1449. 

St.  Louis  Division — 

Bro.  Fred  Biller  bid  in  Centaur  ageijcy. 

Chas.  Allen,  formerly  on  this  division,  who  has 
been  away  for  some  time,  is  again  with  us,  and 
relieved  Bro.  R.  E.  Barthram  at  Stover,  on  vaca- 
tion.    Later  he  bid  in  Leslie  nights. 

Bro.  Danbury  has  returnjed  from  his  vacation, 
which,  by  mistake  in  last  month's  items,  was  called 
his  honeymoon.  We  are  sorry  for  this  error,  and 
ask  his  pardon  for  injuring  his  feelings  in  this 

Bro.  C  L.  Hatler,  of  Barnett,  is  on  his  honey- 
moon trip  through  the  western  Sutes.  Heartiest 

Sorry  to  report  Bro.  H.  S.  Bolander  on  the  sick 
list,  and  truly  hope  he  will  soon  be  well  and  able 
to  sign  the  well-known  "BO"  at  "DO."  He  is 
being  relieved  by  Bro.  W.  L.  Monegan. 

Wonder  what's  the  attraction  at  El  Reno  that's 
drawing  the  attention  of  Bro.  Stephens. 

We  are  sorry  to  hear  that  our  traveling  freight 
agent,  Mr.  Morton,  has  been  transferred  to  an- 
other division  in  Kansas,  and  hope  it  will  only 
be  temporary,  and  that  he  will  be  with  us  again 
soon.     B.  Weaver  takes  his  place  on  this  division. 

Boys,  if  you  would  like  to  have  a  good,  inter- 
esting write-up,  send  us  some  news.  If  it's  but 
a  line  or  two  it  will  help  and  be  appreciated. 
Let's  hear  from  some  of  you  gentlemen  the  com- 
ing month. 

Wish  everyone  on  the  St.  Louis  Division  a  happy 
New  Year.  P.  M.  A.,  Cert.  1773. 

Missouri  Division — 

We  congratulate  Bro.  K.  F.  Little,  third  Prince- 
ton, who  was  married  to  one  of  AUerton's  most 
highly    accomplished    and    esteemed    young   ladies. 

R.  G.  Fox,  Seymour  second,  off  on  account  of 
his  father's  illness,  was  relieved  by  S.  O.  Carr. 
Bro.  P.  V.  Cox  relieved  on  Sejrmour  third  a  few 

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days,  made  vacant,  we  understand,  on  account  of 
the  hich  cost  of  board. 

C  P.  Feclemeycr  relieved  M.  J.  Fox,  Princeton 
second,  on  vacation.  Queer  how  these  boys  can 
take  vacations  when  they  are  delinquent. 

Udell  is  solid  again — Bro.  P.  E.  Rouch,  agent 
and  first;  D.  E.  Cox,  second*  R.  J.  Underwood, 
third.     Who  can  beat  it? 

Bro.  C  H.  Turner  relieved  Bro.  L.  J.  White, 
agent   Spickards,   while  on  vacation. 

Mrs.  Frazier,  agent  East  Pleasant  Plain,  is 
entertaining  a  new  girl  at  her  home.  Can't  some- 
one persuade  Mrs.  Frazier  to  unite  with  us? 

Bro.  G.  N.  Garrett,  agent  Unionville,  was  re- 
lieved December  10th  by  Mr.  Bun  ton,  and  departed 
for  Memphis,  Tenn.,  it's  rumored,  to  take  unto 
himself  a  better  half. 

Bro.  Rouch,  after  a  sixty-day  vacation  in  quest 
of  the  elusive  quail,  returned  to  work  Decem- 
ber 5th. 

Bro.  Turner  relieving  Bro.  Barnett,  at  Letts, 
while  off  to  get  married.  I  wonder  where  the 
matrimonial  bureau  is  located. 

Bro.  Cartwright,  extra  third  Jamesport,  relieved 
by  L.  A.  McShane,  a  new  man.  Sorry  to  lose 

Bro.  Harry  Moore,  Amity,  off  a  few  days,  was 
relieved  by  Bro.  P.  V.  Cox,  who  also  relieved 
at  Altamont  agency  a  few  days  and  later  relieved 
second  trick  man  at  AUerton. 

Mr.  Johnson  is  back  at  "SY"  for  a  few  days. 
When  asked  to  line  up  he's  always  broke.  Bro. 
J.  M.  Boose,  "SY"  second,  off  a  few  days,  was 
relieved  by  Bro.  F.  A.  Moore.  Bro.  J.  W.  Boose 
is  back  on  the  "yob,"  A.  R.  Eberline  going  to 
Belknap  a  few  days,  later  relieved  Bro.  Porter, 
who  went  home  sick  with  the  mumps. 

C  P.  Seymour,  Troy,  has  gone  to  Kansas,  re- 
lieved by  A.  C.  Kemlc,  a  new  man,  who  promised 
to  come  in  January  1st. 

Rushville  is  solid,  with  Bros.  F.  Blackburn,  J.  E. 
Ouellet  and  A.  E.  Loe. 

Expect  to  have  all  the  Winthrop  staff  operators 
in  with  us  by  January  Ist. 

Bro.  N.  J.  Chinn,  second  Beverly,  is  being  re- 
lieved six  weeks  by  Bro.  C.  C.  Porter.  We  are 
glad  to  see  him  well  and  back  with  us  again. 

We  had  a  fine  meeting  at  Trenton  on  Saturday 
night,  December  13th,  there  being  about  fifty 
present.  These  meetings  will  be  held  the  second 
Saturday  night  in  each  month,  and  want  you  all 
to  attend. 

Bro.  C  H.  Meador  was  with  us  at  this  meeting. 
Bro.  Brown  was  called  to  Chicago  on  grievances 
and  was  unable  to  be  present. 

The  new  men  are  coming  here  fast.  Watch 
them,  brothers,  and  let*s  get  them  either  trans- 
ferred, if  np  to  date,  or  have  them  join  us.  This 
is  a  job  we  all  can  get  in  on.  If  you  haven't  the 
time  to  write  these  men,  please  drop  your  local 
chairman  a  card,  advising  their  names  and  ad- 
dresses, so  he  can  look  after  them. 

"BO,"  Div.   Cor. 

General  OMces — 

Topeka — ^The  merry  yuledde  is  with  us  again, 
the  ground  is  mantled  with  a  thick  coat  of  the 
"beautiful"  and  we  should  be  happy. 

Sunday  night,  December  14th,  while  the  monthly 
meeting  of  the  Topeka  Club  was  in  progress  a 
hurry-up  telephone  call  came  for  Bro.  Carver.  He 
left  without  any  explanation  and  much  specula- 
tion was  indulged  in  as  to  the  cause  of  his  hasty 
departure.  Matters  were  cleared  up  on  the  fol- 
lowing day,  however,  when  Bro.  Carver  showed  up 
at  the  office  with  a  box  of  good  cigars  under  his 
arm  and  told  us  "He  weighs  seven  and  a  half 
pounds  and  signs  'A'." 

The  sympathy  and  condolence  of  the  entire  force 
were  extended  to  Sister  Brown  in  her  recent 
bereavement,  caused  by  the  death  of  her  father. 

Bros.  Allen  and  Hamilton  are  resting  up  at 
present  on  account  of  a  reduction  in  force,  oc- 
casioned by  the  installing  of  the  Morkrum  printers. 
Thtse  printers,  with  the  assistance  of  Assistant 
Suoeriniendent  Wray,  a  Morkrum  expert.  Manager 
Whitney  and  seven  girls  manage  to  handle  some 
business.  More  in  point  of  numbers  than  the 
two  men  laid  off,  and  some  of  the  messages  are 
almost  readable,  and  the  expense,  as  well  as  the 
delay,  is  three  or  four  times  what  it  would  be  to 
handle  it  by  operators. 

Attendance  at  the  meeting  of  the  Topeka  Club 
on  December  14th  was  very  small.  The  brothers 
should  not  think  because  we  have  received  a  little 
raise  in  salary  and  a  revised  schedule  that  it  vrill 
not  be  necessary  to  take  any  further  interest  in 
the  Order  until  time  for  other  negotiations.  We 
should  be  working  all  the  time  and  laying  plans 
for  future  campaigns. 

Bro.  Rice,  recently  of  "KI,"  is  at  Herington 
relay  office  extra. 

Bro.  Hamilton,  who  spent  Christmas  with  his 
mother  and  daughter  down  in  Missouri,  relieved 
Bro.  O'Grady  while  the  latter  spent  the  holidays 
with  home  folks  in  Dawson,  Neb. 

Wire  -Chief  Jones,  of  Trenton,  who  made  a  short 
visit  in  "KI"  the  latter  part  of  December,  says  he 
is  coming  in  some  of  these  days. 

General  Chairman  Brown  and  General  Secretary 
and  Treasurer  Meador  have  fitted  up  nice  head- 
quarters at  314  New  England  Building,  Topeka, 
Kan.,  and  the  latchstring  is  always  hanging  on  the 
outside.  Brothers  visiting  Topeka  should  drop 
in  and  talk  things  over  with  them.  They  are 
always  welcome. 

Trenton,  Mo. — Bro.  Peyton,  off  a  few  days 
bunting  rabbits,  filled  the  rear  apartment  of  his 
Ford   the  first   day   out. 

Bro.  Brewer's  ankle  is  still  troubling  him,  caus- 
ing him  to  lose  considerable  time. 

Bro.  Davenport  visited  his  wife  and  children 
in  St.  Louis  New  Year.  They  have  a  daughter 
in  a  sanitarium  at  that  place. 

Bro.  McClain  is  enjoying  the  sunny  clime  of 
Tennessee  and  Florida. 

Bro.  Powers  goes  to  St.  Joe  every  other  Sunday 
to  spend  a  few  hours  with  home  folks. 

Saturday,  December  13th,  there  was  held  in 
Trenton  one  of  the  largest  and  most  enthusiastic 

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meetings  ever  held  on  the  Missouri  Division.  The 
relay  boys  had  taken  special  pains  to  advertise 
this  meeting,  agitating  strenuously  for  ten  days, 
and  the  result  was  all  that  could  be  expected. 

The  meeting  was  called  to  order  by  Bro.  Cazcli, 
acting  chairman,  and  the  opening  address  by  Bro. 
Brewer  in   point  of  oratory   was  a   masterpiece. 

A  short  time  after  the  meeting  was  called  to 
order  General  Secretary  and  Treasurer  Meador 
and  Local  Chairman  Plum  led  in  a  large  delega- 
tion from  the  west,  which  arrived  on  No.  12.  This 
addition  to  the  crowd  filled  the  hall  to  its  capacity. 

Bro.  Brewer  was  followed  in  his  address  by 
Bros.  Plum  and  Abernathy,  who  explained  the 
unknown    "joys'*    of    a    local    chairman. 

Visiting  ex-Bro.  Jackson,  formerly  local  chair- 
man on  the  Missouri  Division,  now  retired  from 
the  railroad  business,  gave  some  very  interesting 
comparisons  between  conditions  of  today  and  the 

Bro.  Meador  thtn  took  ^he  floor  and  (explained 
in  some  detail  the  manner  of  schedule  procuring, 
as  used  in  the  recent  negotiations,  and  at  the 
same  time  poured  some  oil  on  the  troubled  waters 
of  a  local  dissatisfaction. 

Bro.  Parker,  from  Hickory  Creek,  with  the 
Missourian's  usual  foresight,  fortified  the  bunch 
for  the  ordeal  before  them,  by  sneaking  from  the 
hall  and  returning  with  a  sack  of  large,  juicy 

The  following  brothers  were  among  those  pres- 
ent: Abernathy,  Columbus  Jet.;  Brown,  Fairfield; 
Coulter,  Centerville;  Friend,  Numa;  Simonds  and 
Little,  Princeton;  Short,  Mill  Grove;  Cousins, 
Clio;  J.  A.  Irvin,  J.  A.  Nysat,  F.  H.  Strong, 
Winston;  J.  F.  Hanley,  Edgerton;  W.  H.  Plum, 
Edgerton  Jet.,  and  H.   Boyd,  from  "RX." 

Cekt.  1927. 

Whereas,  It  has  pleased  our  heavenly  Father 
and  all-wise  Ruler  of  the  universe  to  call  to  his 
reward  the  beloved  father  of  our  sister,  Genevieve 
M.  Brown;  in  manifestation  of  our  grief  and 
fraternal   sympathy,  be  it 

Resolved,  That  the  member?  of  the  Topcka  O. 
R.  T.  Club  and  Division  126,  Order  of  Railroad 
Telegraphers,  extend  to  the  sorrowing  sister  and 
members  of  the  afflicted  family  their  sincere  and 
heartfelt  sympathy  in  their  sad  bereavement,  and 
be    it    further 

Resolved,  That  a  copy  of  these  resolutions  be 
forwarded  to  the  bereaved  sister,  a  copy  spread  on 
the  minutes  of  this  club,  and  a  copy  forwarded 
to  The  Telegrapher  for  publication. 

R.  A.   Powell, 
C.   W.   Hattwick, 
W.   V.   O'Grady, 
_^ Committee. 

Arkansas  Division — 

The  writer  did  not  get  any  news  from  his  as- 
sistant correspondents.  Hope  they  will  come 
across  next  time. 

J.  R.  Sangster,  at  Danville  so  long,  has  gone 
to'  Brinkley.     Bro.  A.  P.  Colvin  relieved  him. 

Bro.  Harbison,  agent  Magazine,  was  relieved 
by  Bro.  G.  D.  Lee,  from  Germania,  to  spend 
Christmas  with  Pa  and  Ma,  whom  he  has  not 
seen  for  ten  years.  If  all  the  boys  Vcre  of  the 
caliber  that  Bro.  Harbison  is  we  would  have  it 
solid   on   this  division. 

[«itimer,  third   BoonevUle,  bid   in  Perry   agency. 

Bro.  Williams,  who  has  been  on  vacation,  re- 
lieved  Bro.   Lee  at  Germania  pending  assignment. 

Bro.  Fowler,  agent  Haskell,  bid  in  Danville 

Bro.   Swain,  extra,  bid  in  third  Booneville. 

Ragsdale,  of  Bauxite,  who  bid  in  Wheatley,  will 
take  out  a  new  card  as  soon  as  he  gets  moved. 

Bro.  Richardson,  first  Benton,  received  a  $5.00 
raise  under  the  new  schedule  and  will  take  out 
a   new  card. 

Bro.  V.  O.  Gardner,  the  old  stand-by  at  Hot 
Springs,  back  from  vacation,  also  received  a  $5.00 
raise,  which  came  in  pretty  handy,  as  he  lost  bis 
household  goods,  including  a  piano.  Bro.  Cul- 
pepper, who  was  relieving  him,  went  to  Forrest 

Mr.  Silaz  is  one  of  the  best  chiefs  on  this  divi- 
sion. Let  us  show  him  Sve  appreciate  his  kindness 
by  giving  the  dispatchers  good  service  and  elimi- 
nate complaints.  Let's  hit  the  ball  and  prove  to 
the   company   our   worth. 

Lots  of  the  boys  laid  off  to  spend  Christmas 
at  home  with  their  folks. 

George  D.  Lee,  Cert.  185. 

Southern  Division — 

On  account  of  washouts  and  putting  on  four 
work  trains  on  the  Dallas  Line  the  ofKce  at  T.  & 
P.  crossing  was  temporarily  opened  with  Mr.  Gibb 
in  charge. 

Bro.  Woodburn,  our  local  chairman,  has  re- 
turned from  Woodburn,  Iowa,  where  he  was  called 
on  account  of  the  death  of  his  father.  He  has 
.  our   sympathy   in   this  great  misfortune. 

Bro.  Fitzgerald,  on  vacation,  was  relieved  by 
Mr.  Gibb,  relieved  by  Mr.  Deahle,  of  the  Mo.  Pac, 
who  will  line  up  shortly.  • 

We  have  three  tricks  again  at  Bowie,  filled  by 
Bros.  Eastlake,  Wagner  and  Young.  Bro.  East- 
lake  also  handles  the  cashier's  position.  Bro. 
Young,  who  was  sick  some  time,  was  relieved  by 
Geo.  Fitzgerald,  who  will  Une  up  in  the  near 

Bro.  Stewart,  at  Bryson,  has  resigned  to  accept 
a  position  as  cashier  in  the  Bryson  State  Bank, 
relieved  by  Bro.  Marsh,  from  Division  145.  We 
wish  Bro.  Stewart  success  in  his  new  vocation. 

Bro.  Shelton,  with  his  nice  little  farm,  is  now 
a  little  over  on  spuds  and  pumpkin  yams  to  help 
him  out  on  the  high  cost  of  living. 

Bro.  Jackson,  in  El  Paso  on  account  of  his 
wife's  health,  was  relieved  by  Mr.  Piatt,  of  Swift 
&  Co.,  Ft.  Worth.  We  all  hope  to  see  "Jack" 
back  again  soon,  and  for  the  speedy  improvement 
in  his  wife's  health. 

Boys,  watch  the  Western  Union  wire  better. 
Recently  I  handled  a  message  for  Dallas  they  had 
been  trying  to  move  for  twenty-four  hours.  It 
takes  only  a  few  moments  every  once  in  a  while. 

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especially  of  a  morning,  to  ask  Dallas  if  they 
have  anything  for  us,  and  possibly  avoid  a  law 
suit  from  some  dissatisfied  patron. 

r  am  greatly  indebted  to  Bro.  Tcrhunc  for  these 
items.  It  seems  to  be  useless  to  ask  any  of  the 
other  brothers  to  send  in  little  items,  but  I  would 
appreciate  any  that  come,  so  we  can  have  a  write- 
up  each  month.  "BX." 

El  Paso  Diinsion — 

Every  thing  looks  fine  on  this  division.  Hav- 
ing plenty  of  rain  no  doubt  we  will  have  another 
season  of  the  finest  wheat  crops  ever  raised  in 
Kansas  and  West  Texas,  and  that  means  more 

Now,  boys,  we  have  a  new  schedule  and  in- 
crease in  pay,  cflFectivc  November  1st,  and  we 
must  "hit  the  ball"  and  show  the  ofiicials  of  our 
company  that  union  men  can  do  better  work  than 
nons.  Watch  out  for  all  the  nons.  When  they 
drop  in  on  us  without  cards,  let  all  the  union 
men  on  the  line  know  it  and  line  them  up.  An 
agent  at  one  of  the  smaller  stations  is  making 
quite  a  kick  because  he  did  not  get  a  raise,  but 
as  his  station  pa>-s  on  an  average  with  the  other 
stations,  compared  with  the  work  there  and  he 
has  no  card,  he  should  come  in  and  help  us, 
then  we  can  help  him  to  get  a  raise.  Our 
schedule  is  something  to  be  proud  of,  and  all 
the  brothers  are  smiling  over  it.  Remember  our 
motto:    "No  cards,    no    favors,*'   and   stand   by   it. 

The  officials  made  two  inspection  trips  over 
the  line  last  month  and  all  stations  looked  nice, 
as  the  agents  keep  them  that  way  for  the  patrons 
of  our   road. 

Bro.  O.  R.  Powers,  agent  Canton,  one  of  our 
okl-timers,  was  away  fifteen  days,  the  latter  part 
of  November,  on  a  nice  hunting  trip  to  Okla- 
homa,   accompanied    by    his    brothers. 

Bro.  W.  A.  W'arren,  agent  Kingsdown,  while 
attending  court  at  Pratt,  was  relieved  by  W.  R. 

Bro.  C.  M.  Pierce  has  returned  from  a  thirty 
days'    vacation    to    first    Liberal. 

R.  S.  Hardy  goes  to  Nara  Visa  on  third,  just 
opened  again,  and  Mr.  Sey  to  second  there.  Keep 
after    them,    boys. 

Bro.  E.  Mitcham,  from  Dalhart,  takes  third 
Liberal,  and  Extra  Dispatcher  C.  D.  Williamson 
is  back  nights  at   Dalhart. 

Jno.  Souer,  agent  Cullison,  is  in  Kansas  City 
for  an  operation.  We  hope  he  will  pull  through 
all  right,  and  come  back  and  get  a  card. 

Bro.  H.  R.  Crist,  agent  Tampa,  has  returned 
from  his  honeymoon,  now  has  a  home  of  his  own 
and  has  quit  sleeping  in  the  depot. 

Sunday,  December  14,  1913,  time  table  No.  26 
took  effect  at  12:01   a.  m.  with  very  few  changes. 

Recent  assignments:  Meade  nights,  N.  A.  Col- 
lins, and    Bucklin   third,   L.    D.    Dempsey. 

Open  for  bids:     Fowler  nights  and  Meade  days. 

Be  sure  and  mail  copy  of  your  bid  to  Local 
Chairman    C.    M.    Sides,    Pratt,    Kan. 

H.  H.  Dayton  got  away  from  Fowler  without 
getting   that   card. 

Brothers,  explain  the  whole  works  to  them  and 
get  them   in. 

Bro.  Fred  Samples,  Mineola  first,  to  Dodge 
City  a  few  days,  relieved  by  Mr.  MaxfieH. 

S.  IL  McCamant  relieved  Mr.  Pinney,  agent 
Meade.  Mr.  Bardcn,  at  Meade,  is  going  to  get 
in    line   shortly. 

Only  a  few  nons  left  now  on  this  division, 
l-et's  make  it  solid  for  1914. 

A.  Sunnard,  Meade  nights,  relieving  Munson 
on  Biicklin  second,  was  relieved  by  the  helper  at 
Meade,  but  he  could  not  hold  it. 

The  company  is  testing  the  water  at  Tampa, 
Kan.,  for  steaming  purposes,  with  the  intention 
of   putting   in   a    water   tank. 

Very  few  notes  were  received  for  this  write-up. 
Be  sure  and  send  in  all  changes  and  happenings 
along  the  line  to  Bro.  C-  M.  Pierce,  Liberal,  Kan., 
and  let  the  other  boys  know  what  we  are  doing. 

With  best  wishes  to  all  the  brothers  and  their 
families  for  a  happy  New  Year,  let  us  all  start 
it    right   by    working   for   our   Order. 

Ed.,  Cert.   2855. 

Louisiana    Division — 

It  has  been  so  long  since  there  has  be^n  any- 
thing in  the  journal  from  this  division  that 
some  of  the  boys  have  begun  to  think  the  divi- 
sion has  been  taken  from  them,  but  we  have 
awakened  and  are  going  to  claim  our  space  in 
the  journal. 

Last  year  we  did  not  have  any  local  chairman, 
and  since  Bro.  Hanley  came  in  he  has  had  all 
he  could  do  without  writing,  as  he  has  used 
all  his  time  getting  the  nons  in  and  has  made 
good  at  it  too,  for  which  we  all  ought  to  praise 
him  and  give  him  our  support  and  best  wishes, 
if  we  can't  hand   him   anything  else. 

There  have  been  several  changes  in  the  last  few 
months,  but  the  most  of  the  boys  are  old  heads 
and  are  sticking  to  their  posts. 

We  only  have  a  few  nons  left  over  here,  and 
there  will  still  be  less  of  them  inside  of  a  month. 

Bro.  E.  R.  Bennett  transferred  from  Ivan  to 
Quitman,  La.  We  hate  to  lose  him,  but  he 
wanted  something  bigger.  I  have  not  learned 
who  relieved  him.  Ivan  is  now  open  for  bids. 
Boys,  watch  out  for  these  good  places  and  keep 
these  new  men  generally  nons  out,  and  stick 
to  what  is  good  wheh  you  get  to  it. 

I  understand  that  after  January  1st,  1914,  the 
parcel  post  package  weights  will  be  increased  to 
fifty  pounds.  The  agent  at  Harrell  says  that  he 
will  have  to  buy  a  wagon  and  a  horse  if  not 
given  help  pretty  soon,  as  he  has  to  make  three 
trips  now  to  get  the  mail  to  the  postofllice. 

F.  L.  Magoon,  a  new  man,  bid  in  Randolph 
agency;  W.  Otto,  another  new  man  bid  in  Upland, 
and  Bro.  J.  E.  Farlow  got  Meridan  (new  name 
for    Pierre). 

All   the   hoys   are    feeling   fine   over   their   raise. 

Bro.  Loventhal,  first  Ruston,  who  has  been  off 
for  some  time  on  the  sick  list,  resumed  Decem- 
ber   15th. 

Morton,  at  El  Dorado,  has  been  acting  as  dis- 
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Bro.  McQuidy,  the  old-reliable,  at  Winnfield, 
was  checked  in  as  agent  there  December  15th» 
relieving  Mr.    Chalfant   on   vacation. 

Bro.  E.  P.  Davis,  at  Harrell,  don't  let  the 
grass  grow  under  his  feet  when  it  comes  to  tell- 
ing the  nons  all  about  it,  and  the  good  there  is 
in  it. 

Jonesboro  has  added  a  new  position,  a  cashier 
and   operator. 

Bro.  Grafton  spent  a  few  days  at  his  old  home 
in  Bemice  the  first  of  December. 

Bros.  Bennett,  at  Quitman,  and  Ogden,  at 
Wyatt,  are  letting  the  nons  hear  from  them  and 
doing  good  work  too. 

Bro.  Corbet,  of  Dubach,  on  the  sick  list  several 
days,   is  back  at  work  again. 

All  the  boys  should  read  over  the  new  con- 
tract thoroughly  and  familiarize  themselves  with 
the  new  schedule,  as  there  is  a  lot  of  good  "do- 
ings" in  it. 

Our  local  chairman  has  expressed  himself  as 
pleased  with  the  good  work  the  boys  are  rendering 
him,   in   running   in    the   remaining   nons. 

Our  local  chairman  paid  the  boys  on  the  south 
end  a  visit  from  Junction  City  south,  on  a  recent 
Stmday.  We  would  like  to  see  him  up  this  way 
some  time  in  the  near  future. 

Would  like  to  hear  from  some  of  the  other  boys. 

Cert.  2899. 

Lake  Shore  A  Michigan  Southern   Ry. 

Western  Division — 

Hurrah!     The  ball  has  sUrted  to  roll. 

Our  meeting  held  at  LaPorte  on  December  9th 
was  a  decided  success  and  was  fairly  attended, 
considering  the  poor  train  service  in  and  out  of 
LaPorte.  Brothers  west  of  here  were  unable  to 
attend  at  all,  which  made  a  smaller  attendance 
than  otherwise. 

We  have  inaugurated  the  use  of  the  ritual  which 
makes  our  meetings  more  business-like.  Officers 
were  appointed  for  the  evening,  and  later  officers 
were  elected  for  the  next  term,  as  follows:  Chief 
telegrapher,  Bro.  J.  T.  Bauchman;  first  vice-chief 
telegrapher,  Bro.  Hostick;  second  vice-chief  teleg- 
rapher, Bro.  Mallory;  secretary  and  treasurer, 
Bro.  Pratt,  and  marshal,  Bro.  Lougee.  Bro.  Scrog- 
gins  was  appointed  inside  sentinel  by  the  chief 
telegrapher.  Bro.  Warne,  firet  nominated  for 
chief  telegrapher,  declined  to  accept,  as,  owing  to 
his  wife's  poor  health,  he  would  be  unable  to 
attend  all  the  meetings,  and  thought  there  should 
be  a  brother  in  this  office  that  could  attend 
regularly.  Bro.  Scroggins  was  then  nominated, 
but  he  also  declined  to  accept,  saying  that  he  was 
not  well  enough  versed  on  the  ritual.  We  were 
unable  to  persuade  him  differently. 

Bro.  Smith,  from  Detroit,  was  with  us,  which 
was  a  great  pleasure  to  all  present,  he  having 
attended  a  number  of  the  meetings,  which  are 
held  regularly  at  Engineers'  Hall,  Toledo,  and, 
being  well  versed  on  the  ritual  and  how  to  use  it, 
was  of  great  help  to  us  when  starting  in  here. 
He  has  done  wonderful  work  organizing,  and  re- 
cently made  a  trip  over  the  Western  Division  and 

succeeded  in  landing  a  number  of  new  members, 
including  a  couple  of  ardent  nons.  We  hope  he 
can  arrange  to  be  with  us  at  all  our  meetings,  and 
wish  there  were  a  few  more  Bro.  Smiths  on  this 

First  Vice-President  J.  A.  Newman  expected 
to  be  with  us,  but  at  the  eleventh  hour  Bro.  Gra- 
ham received  a  letter  stating  he  would  be  unable 
to  attend  on  account  of  schedule  negotiations  on 
the  Frisco  lines.  We  hope  to  have  him  at  the 
next  meeting. 

On  December  1st  we  handed  the  officials  a  re- 
quest to  meet  our  committee  within  thirty  days, 
or  as  soon  thereafter  as  possible,  and  expect  to 
have  a  hearing  in  the  near  future  regarding  the 
schedule,  which,  if  it  goes  through  (and  it  will  if 
we  make  it),  will  make  our  positions  of  the  same 
class  as  other  roads. 

We   have    sat   still    long   enough   and   seen    our  ~ 
neighboring   operators    on .  other    roads    get   better 
conditions  and  increases  in  pay,  while  we  still  go 
on  at  the  same  old  rate,  and  we  will  continue  to 
do  so  if  we  don't  get  together  and  stick. 

Get  the  percentage  of  members  and  the  back- 
ing so  strong  that  they  can't  refuse  us  what  we 
ask.     Now  is  the  time — not  next  year,  but  now. 

We  have  appointed  a  committee  to  try  to  per- 
suade Superintendent  Smith  to  stop  No.  23  at 
Chesterton  for  the  boys  east  of  there  to  get  off 
on  the  night  of  the  meeting,  and  we  think  that 
this  favor  will  be  granted  us. 

Our  next  meeting  will  be  held  at  Chesterton 
some  time  during  the  month  of  January  and  regu- 
larly thereafter,  and  we  hope  that  there  will  be  a 
large  cfowd  of  the  brothers  turn  out.  There  is 
good  train  service  in  and  out  of  there. 

Now,  brothers,  wake  up  and  take  some  interest 
in  your  own  welfare.  Don't  sit  idle  and  let  your 
rights  be  imposed  upon.  Try  to  land  the  non  next 
to  you,  and  when  we  are  98  per  cent  strong  we 
can  do  something  that  will  open  your  eyes.  There 
is  a  chance  for  decided  improvement,  and  that 
improvement  can't  be  made  by  the  local  chairman, 
but  by  the  members  themselves.  Our  local  chair- 
man is  doing  all  he  can,  which  is  a  great  deal, 
considering  his  health. 

We  have  the  promise  from  quite  a  few  of  the 
boys  that  they  will  come  in  the  first  of  the  year, 
so  after  next  pay  day  don't  fail  to  touch  up  each 
non  near  you.  There  will  be  a  committee  of  three 
or  four  members  cover  the  division  after  the  first 
of  the  year,  equipped  to  take  in  any  who  wish  to 
come  in. 

Bro.  Witter,  who  was  on  second  West  tower,  is 
back  on  third  there,  Mr.  Pancake  going  back  to 
Osceola  to  run  his  telephone  exchange. 

Mr.  Long,  agent  Osceola,  while  on  vacation  was 
relieved  by  his  brother,  from  second  West  tower, 

Bro.  Graham,  local  chairman,  while  attending 
the  meeting  at  Toledo  was  relieved  by  Mr.  Climer, 
who  we  expect  to  have  with  us  before  long. 

Bro.  Norton,  first  "NX,"  was  relieved  by  "Trav- 
eling Operator"  Lee  while  he  atttended  the  land 
show  in  Chicago.  It  would  have  been  Bro.  Lee 
by    this    time   had    he   not    had    the   misfortune    to 

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have  his  suitcase  in  the  station  at  Chesterton  when 
it  burned  down  one  right  recently.  Bro.  White- 
head was  considerably  excited  when  he  smelt' 
smoke,  and  later  discovered  that  the  whole  station 
was  afire*  and  after  turning  in  an  alarm  could  not 
talk  on  the  phone,  only  from  the  outside  through 
the  window.  They  are  now  located  in  a  couple  of 
coaches  there  until  a  new  station  is  built. 

Bro.  Summers  is  now  on  first  Norwood,  vice 
Mr.  Straight,  gone  to  California.  "Bro.  Summers" 
sounds  good.  Mr.  Cain  is  on  second  and  Mr. 
Darby  on  third  there,  whom  we  hope  to  land  in 
the  near  future. 

Mr.  Fulton,  third  Porte,  promises  to  be  with 
us  by  the  first  of  the  year.  That  will  be  starting 

Bro.  Vaughn,  from  Millers,  was  in  LaPorte  on 
"biz"  recently. 

The  following  offices  can  now  hang  up  their 
little  sign,  "Solid  O.  R.  T.:'*  Mishawaka,  South 
Bend*  Three-I  Crossing,  Lydick,  Rolling  Prairie, 
Lake  Erie  Crossing,  Chesterton  and  Pine;  and 
there  arc  two  members  in  West  tower  Elkhart, 
"PM"  tower  LaPorte,  Durham,  Otis,  Indiana 
Harbor,  101st  street.  South  Chicago.  This  looks 
very  good,  but  it  has  to  look  still  better  before 
we  can  get  what  we  want. 

Bro.  Sharp,  who  was  off  a  few  days  on  account 
of  sickness,  is  back  on  the  job,  feeling  much 

Mr.  Kessler,  a  new  man  on  third  South  Chi- 
cago, is  a  good  man,  so  go  after  him,  boys. 

Not  so  much  switch  chasing  at  "RW"  South 
Chicago  now,  as  tracks  3  and  4  have  been  aban- 
doned between  Manistee  avenue  and  73d  street, 
to  accommodate  bridge   work  at  the   latter. 

Ex-Bro.  Brockman,  Whiting  tower  second,  has 
been  spending  two  weeks'  vacation  with  his  par- 
ents in  Florida,  relieved  by  Bro.  Gray,  from  Divi- 
sion 76,  who  will  transfer  soon.  Understand  Mr. 
Brockman  will  leave  soon  for  the  land  of  sun- 
shine and  roses  to  make  his  future  home. 

R.  R.  Smith,  on  third  "BR,"  says  he  will  take 
out  a  card  the  first  of  the  year,  and  we  will  be 
right  there  to  remind  him  of  his  promise. 

Bro.  Vaughn  puts  in  a  few  words  on  No.  2 
phone  now  and  then. 

Owing  to  Operator  Foltz's  father  being  taken 
sick,  Bro.  Mallory  was  recently  called  to  do  his 
stunt  at  "BC." 

Bro.  Pratt,  third  "RO,"  says  he  is  going  to 
purchase  a  horse  and  cart  to  haul  the  mail  up  to 
the  post  office.  Mr.  Tracy  is  now  on  second  at 
Whiting  station,  and  Bro.  Coloway  is  on  third 
"CW-   (101st  street). 

Thanks  to  Bro*.  Coloway  for  the  above  notes. 
Some  of  the  other  ambitious  brothers  might  send 
in  a  few  and  help  to  keep  the  thing  going. 

Anyone  who  can  use  any  application  blanks  just 
write  me  or  Bro.  Graham,  and  they  will  be  sent 
you  at  once. 

AB  pun  together,  and  remember,  "In  union 
Aere  is  strength,"  and  "No  card  no  favors." 

"Bill,"  Cert.  610. 

Detroit  Division — 

The  December  meeting,  held  at  Crowe's  Hall, 
Toledo,  was  well  attended,  several  members  from 
this  division   being  present. 

One  new  member  was  initiated  with  full  hon- 
ors, and  the  proposed  new  schedule  now  in  the 
hands  of  the  management  was  read  by  Chief 
Operator  Miller. 

I  understand  it  is  proposed  to  have  a  smoker 
and  refreshments  at  our  next  meeting;  so,  boys, 
be  on  hand  and  enjoy  the  evening  with  a  good 

The  following  positions  have  been  reassigned 
on  bulletin:  Trenton  tower  second,  Bro.  C.  J. 
Merwin;  Monroe  third,  Bro.  Allen  Ray;  South 
yards  second,  Bro.  2tollner;  Trenton  tower  third, 
Bro.  Roberts;  Vienna  third  retained  by  Mr.  Miller, 
extra  there,  pending  bulletin. 

Two  more  benedicts  have  been  added  to  the 
Detroit  branch  lately,  namely,  Bro.  C.  J.  Merwin 
and  Bro.  J.  W.  Sackett.  Phoner  Eberline  re- 
lieved Bro.  Sackett  on  his  wedding  trip  North. 

All  our  extra  men  seem  to  be  "phoners,"  and 
relief  on  a  position  requiring  wire  work  is  hard 
to  get.  The  low  salaries  paid  on  this  road  are 
undoubtedly  the  cause  of  this,  and  it  is  to  be 
hoped  that  the  new  schedule  will  help  to  modify 
this  trouble  in  future. 

Brothers,  get  your  dues  in  as  early  at  possible 
this  term,  so  as  to  give  your  committee  every 
encouragement  while  seeking  to  better  your  posi- 
tion with  the  management.  "N,"  Cert.  373. 

Eastern  Division — 

A  new  year  has  just  started,  and  among  the  new 
resolutions  which  we  make  let  some  of  them  be 
that  we  will  keep  paid  up  and  in  good  standing, 
and  that  we  will  do  our  best  to  keep  our  offices 
solid  and  help  the  other  brothers  to  keep  theirs 

The  year  1913  has  been  a  very  prosperous  one 
for  the  Order  on  this  division,  the  membership 
being  the  best  in  the  history  of  the  Order.  Let 
us  strive  to  keep  it  so  and  better  it  all  we  can. 
Our  committee  will  soon  be  in  action  with  the 
managing  officials  on  a  new  schedule  and  a  wage 
increase,  and  with  a  good  backing  we  are  bound 
to  win  out. 

There  are  only  a  few  nons  left  on  this  divi- 
sion, mostly  west  of  Erie,  and  we  expect  to  land 
a  number  of  these  after  January  1st. 

Bro.  Streets,  first  Lake  View,  on  a  hunting  trip, 
expects  to  bring  in  some  big  game. 

Bro.  C.  Crawford,  first  Bay  View,  off  a  few 
days,  was  relieved  by  Bro.  L.  G.  Graney. 

Mr.  Lamb,  of  Willoughby,  who  has  been  sick 
for  some  time,  is  back  at  work. 

Bro.  T.  E.  Broche  took  Thanksgiving  day,  re- 
lieved by  Bro.  Glen  Miller,  extra. 

Wm.  Hall,  second  Madison,  off  a  few  days,  was 
relieved  by  H.  W.  Williams.  It's  about  time 
"Bill"  was  getting  in  line. 

Bro.  Jake  Giessinger,  Seneca  tower,  recently 
visited  friends  and  relatives  at  Corry,  Pa.,  and 
Silver  Creek,  N.  Y. 

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Bro.  L.  G.  Hemmink,  on  the  expiration  of  his 
three  months*  leave  of  absence,  resigned  to  enter 
business  for  himself. 

Bro.  John  Leo  secured  third  Seneca  tower;* 
Bro.  Joe  Schroeder,  third  Buffalo  Creek  tower; 
Bro.  C.  M.  Smith,  second  Erie  depot,  and  Bro. 
Sweitrer,  Erie  yard  office  days.  Regular  relief 
position  is  still  open. 

Bro.  Clifford  Greene,  of  North  East,  on  three 
months'  leave,  has  entered  the  printing  business 
with  his  brother  at  North  East.  "Jimmy"  is  an 
old-timer  at  this  business. 

Bro.  F.  Zeebe  had  a  pleasant  visit  with  his  folks 
at  Spring  Creek,  Pa.,  recently. 

Bro.  Del.  Beideck,  third  Dunkirk  tower,  visited 
the  old  folks  at  home  over  Christmas. 

H.  L.  Cantrick,  third  Erie  depot,  was  requested 
to  resign,  and  Bro.  J.  A.  Clavin  bid  in  the  vacancy. 

The  installation  of  track  No.  1  from  Madison 
to  Saybrook  makes  this  division  a  solid  four 
tracks.  This  also  relieved  Bro.  C.  L.  Hazen, 
agent  Saybrook.  of  the  arduous  task  of  watching 
the  interlocking  at  that  point. 

The  meeting  held  at  Ashtabula,  Ohio,  December 
17th,  1913,  was  attended  by  about  twenty-two 
brothers,  among  them  being  A.  B.  Carey  and  Hass 
from  Amboy,  E.  E.  Smith  and  Kennedy  from  the 
Franklin  Division,  and  Bro.  Baldwin  from  the 
Toledo  Division. 

Bro.  Geo.  Kipp,  general  chairman,  went  over 
our  proposed  new  schedule,  which  the  committee 
will  present  to  the  managing  officials  soon,  and 
with  the  backing  which  is  necessary  we  will  be 
sure  to  win. 

Remember  our  motto:  "No  card,  no  favors." 
"GiFF,"  Cert.  287. 

C,  B.  A  Q.  R.  R. 

Relay  Division — 

Recent  assignments:  Bulletin  98,  H.  E.  Ben- 
nett; 99,  C.  H.  Mullen;  100,  H.  K.  Tucker;  101, 
VV.  R.  Wilkins;  102,  A.  N.  Butler;  103,  B.  E. 

If  you  have  not  paid  your  dues  for  the  current 
term,  you  should  do  so  at  once,  in  order  to  save 
the  trouble  and  expense  of  getting  out  a  second 
notice  of  dues,  which  takes  up  considerable  time 
of  your  officers,  who  could  be  giving  their  atten- 
tion to  lining  up  the  nons  instead  of  going  after 
the  members  to  pay  up.  The  same  proposition 
confronts  us  every  six  months.  You  can  help  out 
greatly  by  giving  the  matter  of  dues  prompt  atten- 
tion, and  also  getting  after  some  luke-warm  mem- 
ber to  pay  up. 

Business  is  rather  dull,  and  the  force  in  every 
office  is  being  reduced.  Telegraphers  generally  are 
in  demand,  and  if  the  present  conditions  continue 
very  long,  we  will  lose  a  lot  of  good  men.  There 
are  quite  of  number  compelled  to  move  around 
who  are  well  up  on  the  seniority  list. 

It  seems  that  some  of  our  members  do  not 
understand  the  seniority  clause  in  the  schedule. 
Office  seniority  rules  in  all  offices  under  the  juris- 
diction of  the  superintendent  of  telegraph,  the 
minimum    salaried    position    is    bulletined    and    as- 

signed according  to  division  seniority.  In  case  it 
becomes  necessary  to  reduce  the  force  in  an  office, 
the  last  man  in  is  the  first  out,  regardless  of  his 
division  seniority  over  other  men  in  that  office. 
After  being  so  reduced  he  may  exercise  his  divi- 
sion seniority  by  taking  the  position  of  the  young- 
est man  in  the  relay  division  at  whatever  office 
he  may  be  located.  A  telegrapher  not  assigned  by 
bulletin  since  this  schedule  went  into  effect  holds 
no  office  seniority,  and  regularly  assigned  men 
have  preference  over  him  in  case  of  reduction. 

A  great  many  seem  to  be  under  the  impression 
that  in  case  a  reduction  is  made  in  an  office  it 
should  be  made  on  division  seniority.  This  is  not 
in  accordance  with  the  schedule  to  promote  on 
office,  seniority  and  reduce  on  division  seniority. 

That  part  of  the  schedule  which  says,  "When 
reducing  the  force,  the  service  of  the  youngest 
telegrapher  will  be  dispensed  with  first,"  does  not 
apply  to  a  reduction  of  force  in  any  particular 
office,  but- applies  to  the  Relay  Division  as  a  whole; 
that  is,  the  service  of  the  youngest  man  in  the 
Relay  Division  is  to  be  dispensed  with  first.  This 
clause  seems  to  be  the  cause  for  so  many  getting 
the  wrong  interpretation  of  the  schedule. 

During  the  time  the  old  schedule  was  in  effect 
the  members  on  this  division  requested  this  office 
seniority  clause,  by  a  referendum  vote.  While  we 
can  consider  no  change  in  the  rule  at  this  time, 
I  want  each  member  to  write  me  as  to  how  he 
understood  it,  whether  a  reduction  in  an  office  was 
to  be  made  on  office  seniority  or  division  seniority. 
J.  J.  Rose,  I>ocal  Chairman. 

2153  Ridge  Ave.,  Evanston,  111. 

Relay  Division  Notes — 

Bro.  Coats,  "GO,"  took  a  few  days  off  the  first 
part  of  December  to  visit  his  mother  at  Winches- 
ter. Ind. 

Bro.  Dahlberg,  "GT,"  is  enjoying  a  sixty-day 
leave  of  absence  in  Florida. 

Bro.  Burkhalter,  "GT,"  spent  a  day  in  Chicago 
on  business  during  the  latter  part  of  December. 

Bro.  Cooley,  "G,"  passed  through  Chicago  re- 
cently and  stopped  in  to  shake  hands  with  the 
boys  in   "GO." 

Bro.  Wilkins,  who  was  just  assigned  the  La 
Crosse  position,  lost  out  on  account  of  reduction 
in  force  at  "CX,"  and  was  transferred  to  Omaha 

Bros.  Buck  and  Riggin,  "GO,"  have  been  laid 
off  and  are  taking  a  short  vacation  before  they 
transfer  to  some  other  office. 

Harry  Hum,  at  "OIT,"  is  still  promising  to  join. 
We  hope  some  day  he  will  make  good. 

Bro.  Pawling,  "GT,"  has  just  returned  from  a 
ninety-day    leave   of   absence.  Div.    Cor. 

Lincoln  Division   Relay — 

Bro.  Hillman,  "M,"  and  Bro.  VanArsdale, 
"VE,"  were  relieved  on  account  of  reduction  in 
force  to  winter  basis,  the  former  going  to  Kansas 
City  and  the  latter  to  Jacksonville,  Fla. 

Dick  Thornton  and  Bro.  Doc  Blodgett  look  in 
the   sights. at   Chicago   while   doing  a   little   Christ- 

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mas  shopping.  **VO"  will  be  glad  to  give  some 
pointers  on   the  cabaret  shows. 

Bro.  Hayes,  *'GN,"  off  a  few  da)-*  to  catch  up 
in  his  studies  preparing  for  examinations,  was  re- 
lieved by   Extra   Crane. 

Mr.  Brooks  has  decided  to  enter  his  Rho<le 
Island  red  pullets  at  the  Auditorium  in  Bro.  Wick- 
ham's  poultry  show,  and  expects  to  carry  off  first 

Bro.  Blodgett  went  to  York,  Thanksgiving,  on  a 
wolf  hunt,  but  the  wolves  would  not  wait  long 
enough  to  let  him  get  a  shot. 

Bro.  VVaite  boasts  of  being  some  candy  maker, 
but  we  are  inclined  to  think  that  Miss  Waite  does 
the  making. 

Gene  Sage,  of  the  superintendent's  office  in 
Chicago,  visited  with  us  Sunday  recently,  and 
missed  connections  to  Chicago  on  his  return  by 
ten  minutes. 

Mr.  Bryan,  our  second  trick  chief,  was  very 
much  disappointed,  though  very  happy,  that  he 
was  unable  to  name  his  new  arrival  **W.  J."  He 
will  have  to  name  it  "Roscy.**  Ckrt.  2747. 

La  Crosse  Dh-ision — 

Brothers:  I  have  just  returned  from  a  trip  over 
the  division  and  found  things  in  a  promising  con- 
dition, but  there  is  room  for  improvement.  I 
succeeded  in  writing  up  eleven  new  members  and 
expect  several  more  before  long.  We  are  starting 
on  a  new  year.  Let's  make  it  a  booster,  and  make 
onr  membership  as  near  solid  as  possible  on  this 
division.  I  can  not  do  it  all,  as  correspondence, 
grievances  and  other  things  keep  me  from  getting 
out  as  much  as  desired.  Train  service  being  very 
poor  makes  it  bad  to  get  out  and  back  without 
losing  time.  I  don't  think  it  is  necessary  for  me 
to  lay  off  when  there  is  a  chance  for  the  other 
brothers  to  do  it.  We  now  have  only  four  nons 
between  Savanna  and  La  Crosse,  a  distance  of  158 
miles,  and  the  district  between  La  Crosse  and  St. 
Paul  is  in  good  shape,  but  plenty  of  room  for  all 
the  brothers  to  show  what  they  can  do.  See 
if  we  can  not  make  a  good  showing  this  year  by 
all   pulling    together. 

In  the  future  you  may  send  notes  for  the  jour- 
nal to  me,  but  be  very  careful  about  using  the 
journal  for  a  chance  to  give  some  non  a  slam  by 
using  his  name.  These  kind  of  notes  have  to  be 
cot  out  before  I  can  send  them  in.  That  has  been 
one  reason  why  some  notes  did  not  appear. 

Wish  you  all  a  happy  and  prosperous  New  Year. 
W.  B.  ScHKUNK.  L.  C,  Savanna,  111. 

La  Crosse  Ditnsion  Notes — 

Bro.  H.  F.  Booth,  second  Glen  Haven,  returned 
from  his  vacation  and  relieved  Agent  Cassville 
Williams,   resigned. 

Bro.  C.  J.  Nelson  received  Dubuque.  We  all 
wish  him  success. 

Bro.  D.  A.  Gilliland,  off  a  week  on  account  of 
^cknen,  was  relieved  by  Mr.  Lewton,  from  the 
relay  department,  who  later  relieved  Bro.  Schrunk, 
while  covering  the  division,  and  then  relieved  Bro. 
Slagfat,  second  Savanna,  for  a  month. 

It  is  now  Bros.  Falkenstein  and  A.  W.  Koch, 
W>alusing;  I.  J.  Willard,  Bagley;  W.  W.  Green 
and  H.  F.  Booth,  Glen  Haven;  Geo.  Johnson  ami 
C.  I).  Wilson,  McCartney;  P.  H.  Roser  and  H.  C. 
Brown,  Potosi;  J.  F.  Scolwc,  Marcus,  and  H.  L. 
Shanks,  Hager.  We  hope  we  can  soon  name  some 

Bro.  W.  £.  Garber  has  resigned  as  division 
correspondent,  and  it  will  be  next  to  impossible 
to  have  a  write-up  unless  the  brothers  send  in  some 
notes.  In  the  future  your  local  chairman  will 
look  after  this  and  asks  every  brother  to  help 
out,  if  only  with  one  note.  See  if  we  can  not 
be   represented   in   the  journal  every   month. 

Several  offices  have  been  closed  for  the  winter, 
but  it  is  hoped  that  all  brothers  losing  out  will 
land   something  else  until   spring. 

Recent  assignments:  Bro.  O.  S.  Berger,  agent 
DcSoto;  Bro.  L.  R.  Smeltzer,  agent  Nelson;  Bro. 
C.  X.  Hartman,  second  "JD." 

Bro.  A.  W.  Scholmeir,  agent  "FN"  City,  had 
the  misfortune  to  lose  three  of  his  fingers  while 
hunting,    but    will    resume    work   in   a   short   time. 

Bro.  Rupp,  agent  Cassville,  has  accepted  a  posi- 
tion in  the  bank  there.  We  all  regret  losing  Bro. 
Rupp,  but  wish  him  success. 

There  have  been  a  great  number  of  offices  closed 
on  account  of  business  falling  off.  All  affected 
by  this  cut  hold  their  seniority  rights  for  three 
months.  These  jobs  will  no  doubt  be  opened  again 
in  a  few  months,  or  sooner  if  business  comes  up 

Would  like  to  have  some  notes  from  the  brothers 
on  the  north  end.  Cert.   1416. 

Beardstown  Ditnsion — 

Pad.  Haist,  third  Bader,  spent  a  couple  of  days 
sightseeing  in  Peoria  recently,  relieved  by  Mr. 

Bro.  Ob.  Haist,  phoner  Beardstown  relay,  laid 
off  on  account  of  reducing  force,  returned  to  sec- 
ond Adair.  Bro.  Ludwig,  who  relieved  Bro.  Haist 
at  Adair  also  relieved  Bro.  Ore,  Greenfield  nights. . 

Bro.  L.  A.  Carnahan,  from  second  Block  107, 
bid  in  second  Bader. 

Mr.  Spence,  a  new  man,  was  given  Chapin,  be- 
ing the  only  one  bidding. 

Bro.  P.  C.  Henderson,  third  Bader,  has  gone  to 
the  C.  &  A.  at  Roodhouse. 

Beardstown  yard  office  closed  from  7  p.  m.  until 
7  a.  m.,  Bro.  Hanks  doing  the  twelve-hour  stunt. 
Hope  Bros.  Danford  and  Clower  will  get  back 
soon  again.  The  trainmen  are  calling  up  by  tele- 
phone from  the  yard  and  clearing  themselves  now 
nights.  Boys,  we  should  look  into  this  as  they 
come  under  the  nine-hour  law  when  they  do  this, 
and  it  has  thrown  two  good  brothers  out  of  work. 

Bro.  Turley,  first  Concord,  taken  off,  went  to 
first  trick  Block  104,  the  agent  handling  the  wires 
now.  Mr.  Fordyce  from  first  to  second  there;  Mr. 
Clayton  from  second  to  Block  107  second. 

C.  Mosier,  from  Wrights,  who  relieved  G.  A. 
Dyer,  agent  Browning,  while  he  attended  court, 
later  relieved  Mr.  Lindsey,  agent  North  Hender- 
son, for  a  few  days. 

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Positions  recently  abolished:  Ayers,  Atwatcr 
and  Franklin,  two  tricks;  Keyesport  and  Concord, 
one  man;  Girard,  agent  working  the  twelve-hour 
stunt;  two  trickw  Centralia  yard,  now  closed  from 
8  p.  m.  till  8  a.  m.;  one  man  Metropolis.  Business 
slack  in  relay  office  also. 

It  has  been  quite  a  while  since  the  jack  line 
has  had  much  in  The  Telegrapher,  because  of 
lack  of  interest  among  the  boys.  Now  let  each 
individual  send  in  a  few  items  and  we  can  have  a 
write-up  in  The  Telegrapher  every  month. 

W.  W.  Mumbower,  of  Litchfield,  bid  in  Pisgah 
station,  vice  John  Livesey,  to  the  ''Clover  Leaf" 
as  agent  Sorento. 

The  closing  of  Franklin  nights  released  Geo. 
Harney  and  P.  W.  Batis.  This  is  the  first  time 
Franklin  has  been  closed  nights  in  the  winter  since 
the  Burlington  took  over  the  old  J.  &  St.  L.  The 
new  double  track  and  slack  business  is  the  cause. 

Boys,  let's  see  if  we  can't  make  this  line  at  least 
95  per  cent  strong,  and  we  can  soon  make  it  solid. 

I  understand  one  station  along  this  line  has 
turned  out  five  hams  already  this  fall,  and  the 
good  brother  there  is  making  another  one  now. 
He  is  only  hurting  himself  as  one  of  these  days 
one  of  these  hams  will  take  his  place.  I  hope  we 
will  not  have  to  mention  what  station  or  his 
name.  It  does  not  take  much  to  make  a  ham  tele- 
phoner,  but  when  they  get  so  scarce  trains  can't 
run  without  them,  then  is  the  time  to  make  them. 
They  are  not  needed  now. 

Let's  get  after  all  the  agents  and  cashiers  along 
this  line  and  get  them  in  our  schedule  when  we 
go  up  for  an  increase.  All  they  have  to  do  is 
get  a  card. 

Brothers,  talk  with  the  conductors  in  regard 
to  calling  up  the  dispatchers  at  blind  sidings,  giv- 
ing the  block  for  passenger  trains  and  copying 
train  orders,  and  get  them  to  cut  this  out  and 
help  us  to  keep  a  few  more  men  working.  Show 
them  that  they  are  doing  wrong.  Notify  the  local 
chairman  of  every  case  of  this  kind  you  hear  of. 

Bro.  S.  H.  Frazier,  our  worthy  local  chairman, 
was  over  the  division  lately  giving  the  boys  the 
glad  hand  and  words  of  encouragement. 

It  is  now  Bro.  Yowell  at  Litchfield  and  Bro.  Cole 
at  Keyesport. 

They  certainly  need  a  new  schedule  down  on 
the  jack  line,  as  this  is  the  smallest  paying  division 
for  telegraphers  the  Burlington  has.  The  way  to 
get  one  is  to  get  in  the  nons. 

Bro.  D.  Kastrup,  first  Jacksonville,  has  returned 
after  three  weeks'  leave  of  Absence. 

I  want  to  thank  all  the  brothers  who  sent  me 
items  this  month  and  hope  they  will  keep  it  up. 
I  have  you  down  even  though  I  don't  mention  your 
name.  Div.  Cor. 

Hannibal  Division — 

A  meeting, of  operators  and  agents  was  held  in 
Hannibal,  Sunday  afternoon,  December  7th.  The 
meeting  was  opened  about  2:00  p.  m.  by  the  local 
chairman,  who  made  a  brief  talk  in  regard  to  condi- 
tions on  this  division,  and  in  a  very  impressive 
manner  expressed  his  appreciation  to  the  seven- 
teen brothers  who  came  in  on   No.   43   with   him. 

four  from  the  Hannibal  relay  and  Bro.  Jones, 
from  Brookfield  relay,  for  their  presence.  We 
were  very  glad  to  have  Bro.  Jones  with  us.  We 
hope  he  enjoyed  the  trip  as  much  as  we  did  hav- 
ing him  with  us,  and  that  he  will  repeat  it  some 
time  in  the  future.  There  was  no  representative 
from  the  North  Division  in  attendance,  but  we 
know  they  have  not  lost  faith  in  the  methods  pur- 
sued by  the  O.  R.  T.,  and  have  been  reminding 
their  neighbors  of  "Safety  First,"  which  signifies 
an  "Up-to-date"  first,  last  and  all  the  time,  so  far 
as  we,  "as  a  band  of  friends  and  brothers,"  are 
concerned.  When  the  railroad  company  recog- 
nized us  as  a  labor  organization,  they  presumed 
that  every  operator  and  agent  whose  position  >kas 
covered  by  the  agreement  would  become  a  member 
of  the  organization  which  represented  them,  and 
would  continue  so,'  during  the  future  years,  bring- 
ing about  revisions  of  the  schedule,  which  would 
benefit  the  men  and  the  company  as  well.  There- 
fore it  behooves  us  to  remain  cemented  together, 
by  paying  our  dues  regularly  and  keeping  a  sharp 
lookout  for  the  man  who  is  receiving  benefits  and 
has  paid  nothing  for  them.  When  a  case  of  this 
kind  is  brought  to  our  notice  it  is  time  to  bring 
such  a  character  from  darkness  to  light,  that  he  may 
see  and  understand  what  our  organization  stands 
for.  Bro.  Carder  was  'introduced  as  the  first 
speaker.  His  remarks  were  enjoyed  by  all  con- 
cerned, after  expressing  his  appreciation  at  see- 
ing such  a  goodly  number  in  attendance,  on  such 
a  bitter  day,  he  gave  us  a  brief  outline  of  what 
he  and  Bro.  Rogers  had  been  doing  during  the 
past  months,  which  was  good  news  to  us.  We  are 
in  hopes  that  next  time  we  hold  a  meeting  that 
Bro.  Rogers  can  also  be  with  us. 

Bro.  Guy  Zinn,  in  his  usual  manner,  gave  A 
splendid  talk  that  was  highly  appreciated  by  all 
those  present.  He  is  one  of  the  best  we  have  on 
the  Hannibal  Division  and  never  fails  to  do  his 
part.  We  only  wish  there  were  a  few  more  like 

Bro.  Fount  Palmer,  agent  Ville,  was  recently 
initiated  in  the  Elks  at  Ft.  Madison. 

Bro.  Palmer,  off  a  few  days  on  account  of  the 
death  of  his  stepmother,  Mrs.  J.  S.  Palmer,  of 
Elsberry,  was  relieved  by  Bro.  Lew,  of  Sandusky, 
and  he  by  Mr.  Epperson. 

Cooper,  Keokuk  yards  and  Helton  days  have 
been  closed. 

Bro.  Clayton  was  in  "X"  Hannibal  a  few  days. 

Bro.  Truit,  of  Saverton,  attended  the  poultry 
show  in  Louisiana  recently. 

T.  J.  Lowrie  was  off  a  few  days  attending  a 
law  suit  in  Stoutsville,  111. 

Bro.  Lee,  third  Hannibal  yards,  spent  Thanks- 
giving with  home  folks,  relieved  by  E.  W.  Thomp- 
son, who  later  relieved  Mr.  Garner,  second  Hanni- 
bal  yards,  on  vacation. 

D.  C.  McCall,  agent  Saverton,  is  back  after  a 
month's  vacation,  relieved  by  Bro.  Tully,  relieved 
on  third  by  Extra  Gist. 

Mr.  Klousmeir,  agent  Gregory,  off  two  weeks, 
was  relieved  by  Bro.  Landell,  Hawk  Point  nights, 
who  later  relieved  Bro.  Lemon,  LaGrange,  on  ac- 

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count  of  the  death  of  his  child,  relieved  by  B.  Gist, 
hter  relieved  by  J.  E.  Chrisman. 

A  few  needed  repairs  are  being  made  around 
the  Ft  Madison  freight  house. 

Bro.  Blinco,  nights  Wellsville,  who  relieved  Bro. 
Gougfa,  agent  West  Alton,  on  vacation,  was  re- 
lieved by  J.  E.  Chrisman. 

G.  A.  Garner,  W.  L.  Gilmorc,  E.  W.  Thomp- 
son and  W.  L.  Gilmore  have  promised  to  take 
ont  a  card  the  first  of  the  year.  Some  of  the 
other  nons  along  the  line  should  do  likewise. 

Bro.  J.  E.  McUugh,  third  Foley,  off  a  few  days, 
was  reUeved  by  C.  Epperson.  Div.  Com. 

Brookfield  Division — 

Bro.  Jones,  Brookfield  relay,  has  been  appointed 
assistant  local  chairman  in  charge  of  the  west  end 
and  will  make  a  special  trip  over  his  end  to  line 
up  the  nons. 

Bro.  C.  A.  Martin,  third  Osbom,  off  a  few  days 
recently,  was  relieved  by  Bro.  U.  L.  Spauliing, 
from  the  Rock  Island,  who  later  relieved  Extra 
Squires  at  Hamilton. 

Bro.  C.  S.  Schoup  has  returned  from  Brookfield 
reby  to  first  Hamilton,  relieving  Bro.  Spaulding, 
who  went  to  second.  Randolph  a  few  days. 

Bucklin  first  was  closed  in  December,  putting 
Bro.  Nolan,  who  has  been  with  the  company  nine 
years,  on  the  extra  list.  We  hope  he  will  soon 
strike  another  regular. 

All  members  on  this  division  remember  your 
obligation  and  keep  the  students  out.  Some  are 
not  doing  this. 

Recent  assignments:  Bro.  J.  C.  Schweikhaus  to 
second  Easton;  Bro.  Miller,  first  Laclede;  Bro. 
Hok.  Chandler  agency;  H.  D.  Hall,  second  Buck- 
lin; Young  Holt,  second  Saxton;  F.  E.  Emmer- 
son,  second  Nettleton;  Cy.  Golden,  second  South 

Our  Bro.-Agent  Nettleton  must  talk  Mike  into 
the  Order  when  he  arrives  to  take  charge  of 

Bro.  P.  £.  Bagley,  agent  Utica,  is  off  sixty  days 
working  for  the  county,  relieved  by  Bro.  Smith, 
with  Extra  Dowling  on  second,  who  promises  to 
be  with  OS  soon. 

Your  1913  cards  are  no  good  now,  so  get 
another,  as  they  look  good. 

E.  E.  Devinia,  third  Breckenridge,  off  a  few 
days  recently,  was  relieved  by  F.  E.  Emmerson, 
who  later  relieved  Mr.  Shepherd,  second  Mead- 
ville.  Bro.  Peck,  line  up  Devinia  and  Emmerson. 
We  are  going  after  another  schedule  in  February 
and  need  them  all. 

My  address  is  O.  F.  Miller,  Laclede,  Mo.  Do 
not  forget  to  send  me  any  news  you  have.  Unless 
you  do  our  write-up  will  be  short. 

Mr.  Allen's  chief  clerk.  W.  D.  Welsh,  was  off 
during  the  holidays  on  a  visit  through  Texas.  We 
wish  him  a  pleasant  journey  and  a  joyful  and 
happy  New  Year  as  he  is  a  prince  with  the  opera- 
tors'on  the  division. 

We  are  not  certain  about  the  ham  factory  at 
Cameron,  Mo.,  but  everyone  on  the  division  will 
hear  the  outcome,  as  soon  as  I  get  it  from  our 
local  chairman. 

Account  of  taking  my  vac.  tior.  the  first  twenty 
days  in  January  there  will  be  no  write-up  next 
month  unless  I  can  get  som*  one  to  handle  it  for 
me,  so  if  you  do  not  see  any  do  not  be  disap- 
pointed. "KT." 

Mandan,  N.  D.,  December  15,  1913. 
To  Membership  OUumwa  Division — 

As  it  was  necessary  for  me  to  leave  the  climate 
of  Iowa  on  account  of  my  wife's  health,  I  desire  to 
take  this  means  of  extending  to  each  of  you  my 
regrets  at  having  to  leave  you  as  your  local  chair- 
man. My  relations  and  official  duties  with  you 
have  been  of  the  pleasantest  nature.  In  the  two 
elections  in  which  I  was  elected  by  you,  by  a  good 
majority  each  time,  proves  to  me  conclusively  that 
you  had  that  confidence  in  me  that  it  takes  to 
make  a  success  of  the  organization.  When  I  took 
charge  of  the  division  in  February,  1912,  there 
were  between  35  and  40  non-members  on  the  divi- 
sion, when  I  left  it  in  September,  1913,  there 
were  only  10  or  12.  Some  of  those  have  been  here 
since  the  organization  first  started  on  the  Burling- 
ton, but  we  hope  that  the  way  of  light  will  yet  be 
broken  to  them  in  such  a  way  that  thty  will  see 
that  they  are  standing  in  their  own  way.  In  leav- 
ing the  division  does  not  mean  that  I  will  forget  it, 
for  I  expect  to  keep  an  eye  on  the  journal  each 
month  to  see  what  is  going  on  there.  During  my 
time  in  office  we  had  a  write-up  in  the  journal  each 
month.  I  trust  you  will  pick  out  the  man  you 
want  for  the  place  and  elect  him  and  then  each 
of  you  try  and  help  all  you  can  to  lighten  his 
burdens,  and  each  of  you  give  him  your  loyal  sup- 
port. With  best  wishes  and  wishing  you  all  a 
prosperous  New  Year.  E.  A.  Brand, 

Ex-Local  Chairman. 

Creston  Ditision — 

I  hope  that  by  the  time  this  reaches  you  your 
dues  for  the  first  half  of  1914  have  been  paid,  if 
not,  don't  neglect  them,  but  get  busy  and  pay  up. 
Remember  the  $5.00  O.  R.  T.  dues  goes  to  Bro. 
J.  H.  Rogers,  717  North  10th  St.,  La  Crosse,  Wis., 
and  your  M.  B.  D.  assessment  to  Bro.  L.  W. 
Quick,  Star  BIdg.,  St.  Louis,  Mo.  Our  division 
at  present  is  in  excellent  shape.  Let's  keep  it  that 
way.  If  each  member  will  keep  his  dues  paid  up 
it  will  be  an  easy  matter,  not  only  to  keep  it  where 
it's  at,  but  build  it  up  still  stronger.  There  is 
material  left  yet  to  build  on.  See  if  you  can't 
get  hold  of  some  of  this  material  and  work  on  it. 
R.  L.  Hale,  L.  C. 

Creston  Division  Notes — 

Bro.  O.  R.  Anderson  assigned  second  Brooks 
recently  bulletined,  and  R.  C.  Abel,  Brooks,  to 
McPherson  second. 

Bro.  L.  K.  Wells,  first  Shenandoah,  is  laying  off, 
relieved  by  Mr.  Stokes,  from  the  Wabash  at  Mal- 
vern. Bro.  Fleming,  agent  Greenfield,  is  on  vaca- 
tion, relieved  by  Bro.  D.  Ellis. 

Bro.  F.  H.  Evers,  first  Maryville,  on  thirty  days' 
vacation,  was  relieved  by  Mr.  Crandall,  a  new  man, 
later  went  to  Pacific  Jet. 

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Agent  Brownlee,  of  Savannah,  oflf  sick,  was  re- 
lieved by  Extra  Shean. 

Guy  Clarke,  former  agent  Emerson,  is  back  as 
operator  at  Bedford,  Iowa. 

Harry  Cook,  a  brother  of  Bro.  R.  E.  Cook,  of 
Barnard,  Mo.,  is  on  second  Shenandoah,  extra; 
P.  G.  Thompson,  a  new  one,  was  agent  at  Coburg 
pending  bulletin.  Later,  I  understand,  Cleason 
decided  to  remain  there.  Bro.  Miller,  of  Shenan- 
doah, on  a  month's  vacation  to  the  western  coast. 

There  have  been  several  positions  closed  re- 
cently, among  them  Crcston  office;  Bro.  W.  N. 
Robbing,  Bro.  H.  H.  Knight  ^nd  Bro.  E.  H. 
Unangst  had  the  three  tricks  in  that  office.  Rob- 
bins  went  to  second  Red  Oak;  Knight  to  second 
Glenwood,  and  Unangst  is  laying  off. 

B.  C.  Mierotto  is  now  on  third  Red  Oak  ac- 
count of  reduction  in  force  at  Creston,  and  Mr. 
Hainey  was  also  thrown  out  of  work  there. 

Bro.  Roberts,  second  Glenwood,  off  on  account 
of  sickness,  we   understand,   is  improving. 

Bro.  Barkus,  third  Malvern,  off  a  few  days  on 
account  of  sickness,  was  relieved  by  Phoner  D. 
H.  Harvey. 

Bro.  G.  B.  Milliga  to  third  Balfour,  relieved  on 
second  there  by  C.  F.  Farthing,  he  later  by  Phoner 
Helfin;  Trotter  froip  third  Balfour  to  a  trick  at 

Bro.  Dan  Gleason  is  on  second  Hastings,  vice 
C.   E.   Scveland,   resigned,   and   gone   South. 

Bro.  E.  H.  Balcom,  extra  Red  Oak,  resigned. 

Brooks  second  abolished  making  that  office  a 
twelve-hour  job  for  Bro.  Marr. 

Bros.  Bishop,  Cook,  Evers  and  Hale  contributed 
to  the  write-up.  E.  B.  Wallahan,  Cor. 

Sterling  Division — 

This  is  the  month  that  our  secretary  and  treas- 
urer should  receive  our  offerings  for  an  'ip-to- 
date  card  for  the  New  Year.  Pay  your  dues  and 
get  a  new  card  to  start  the  New  Year.  It  costs 
our  Order  money  to  be  reminding  you  of  your 
non-payment  of  dues.  Get  after  the  non,  perhaps 
your  next-door  neighbor  and  see  that  he  turns  a 
new  leaf  by  handing  you  his  application.  If  you 
haven't  the  blanks  the  local  chairman  has  an  end- 
less amount  of  them,  and  will  gladly  mail  them 
upon  request.  A  man  must  be  in  awful  hard  luck 
to  excu&e  him  from  giving  up  the  price  of  an 
up-to-date  card  twice  a  year.  If  we  can't  pay  for 
them  now,  how  did  we  pay  when  we  were  working 
for  almost  half  the  money?  It's  just  imagination. 
Perhaps  the  non  don't  realize  that  he  or  his  family 
are  reaping  daily  the  benefits  of  the  organization 
brought  about  by  our  solid  membership,  which 
stands  behind  our  committee  as  a  protection,  while 
laboring  for  better  conditions.  The  non  hereto- 
fore received  his  per  cent  of  the  increase  in  pay, 
the  same  as  the  map  that  pays  his  dues.  If  the 
nons  who  refuse  to  pay  for  cards  were  told  that 
unless  they  did  so  that  they  would  have  to  retain 
the  old  salary  paid  them  previous  to  the  first  sched- 
ule, there  would   be  no  nons. 

What  do  you  think  of  your  pay  as  manager  of 
the  Western  Union?  IX)  you  consider  you  are 
paid   for  your  labor  when  you  deliver  about  fifty 

messages  during  the  month,  make  up  your  monthly 
reports  and  handle  the  other  necessaries,  and  when 
you  make  up  your  commission  voucher  for  the 
month  you  are  possibly  $1.50  to  the  good,  pro- 
viding there  isn't  too  many  of  the  messages  "re- 
ceived paid"  and  you  sent  too  many  "sent  collect/* 
Why  can't  we  get  10  per  cent  both  ways  the  same 
as  the  express?  If  we  have  to  hiiye  some  messen- 
ger boy  to  deliver  these  messages  how  long  does 
it  take  him  to  earn  your  commission?  Perhaps 
two  days.  Be  glad  to  have  some  of  you  brothers 
explain  this  to  me  in  the  next  issue. 

Bro.  Sill  bid  in  Morril,  Neb.;  Bro.  Forbes, 
Curtis  nights,  I  suppose,  is  waiting  anxiously  for 
the  cashier's  position  vacated  by   Bro.   Sill. 

Bro.  Pinkerton  bid  in  Bayard,  and  Dickens  is 
on   bulletin. 

Bro.  Norris,  on  vacation,  was  relieved  by  Extra 
Agent  Bro.  Tucker,  who  also  relieved  Bro.  Rey- 
nolds,  on   the   sick   list. 

Bro.  Hire,  of  Dalton.  on  a  trip  to  Salt  Lake, 
visiting  some  old  acquaintances  tells  us  the  boys 
out  there  have  an  $85  minimum  and  ours  is  $60. 
They  also  have  house  rent  and  fuel.  Bro.  Hire 
was  relieved  by  Bro.  Gastenau,  who  later  relieved 
Mr.  Jenkins  at  Mitchell  when  he  went  to  Bridge- 

Boys,  give  us  some  items  and  we  will  try  to 
have  a  write-up  every  month. 

A.    J.    Karaker. 

Wynwrc  Dirnsion — 

We  have  started  out  on  a  new  year.  The  past 
one  has  been  prosperous  for  the  Order,  especially 
for  Division  130.  Have  you  done  your  share 
to  make  it  so  by  assisting  in  increasing  the  mem- 
bership? If  you  have  not  worked  on  every  non 
within  your  reach  endeavoring  to  obtain  his  appli- 
cation for  membership  in  the  O.  R.  T.,  you  have 
not  done  your  duty  toward  the  Order  or  your 
fellow  workers. 

Let  us  all  start  the  year  by  firmly  resolving  to 
line  up  every  non  on  the  Wymore  Division  not 
later  than  July  1,   1914. 

We  should  give  our  best  services  to  the  com- 
pany. A  union  man  should  give  full  measure  and 
just  a  little  more.  Let  us  show  the  officials  dur- 
ing the  coming  year  that  it  pays  to  find  out  if  a 
man  carries  an  up-to-date  O.  R.  T.  card  before 
hiring  him  to  work  for  them  as  a  telegrapher. 

Bro.  Harvey  Grimes  recently  started  for  a  visit 
in  Texas,  but  was  delayed  some  ten  days  in 
reaching  his  destination  on  account  of  the  floods 
down  there. 

Bro.  Strohecker,  for  several  years  agent  at 
IJruning,  has  bought  out  a  restaurant  business  in 
that  city  and  is  now  working  for  himself.  We  all 
join  in   wishing  him  the  best  of  luck. 

Bro.  Charles  Daily,  agent  Thompson,  on  vaca- 
tion, was  relieved  by  Extra  Agent  Antrim. 

Bro.  llazlett,  agent  Reynolds,  on  vacation  look- 
ing after  his  farm  down  in  Florida,  was  relieved 
by  Mr.  VanDusen. 

Third  Pawnee  closed,  Bro.  Haley  going  to 
Bruning  temporarily. 

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Bro.  E.  T.  Hicks,  agent  DeWccse,  recently 
shooting  geese  down  on  the  Missouri  River,  was 
relieved  by  Bro.  Tom  Antrim. 

Bros.  Carder  and  Rogers,  while  going  over  the 
division  recently,  secured  the  following  applica- 
tions: M.  D.  AUen,  P.  H.  Cobb,  D.  E.  Lloyd, 
J.  K.  McCahan.  M.  M.  Messmore,  J.  M.  Pope 
and  V.  C.  Thompson.  Transferred,  F.  G.  Breece. 
C  D.  Hohaus,  "Kebraska  City,  also  filed  his  peti- 

Bro.  Jack  Hartzell,  Johnson,  bid  in  DeWitt; 
C.  F.  Marohn  assigned  second  Nebraska  City,  and 
W.  D.   Wrench,   Nelson,   Nrb.,   days. 

I  wish  that  every  brother  who  files  on  a  vacancy 
would  send  me  a  carbon  copy  of  his  letter,  in 
order  to  keep  check  on  applicants,  and  see  that 
each  one  receives  recognition. 

Let  us  be  up  and  doing,  and  work  for  applica- 
tions.    Remember,  "No  card,  no  favors." 

Local  Chairman. 

Lincoln  Dhision — 

Bro.  H.  L.  Coggins,  lex-division  correspondent, 
visited  home  folks  in    Missouri   during  Christmas. 

Bro.  V.  1).  Chidester,  ex-agent  Comstock,  who 
went  to  third  Seward  while  Bro.  W.  J.  Green woocf 
was  off  a  few  days,  went  to  the  time  keeper's  office 
at  Lincoln  to  work  on  the  time  rolls  the  last  of 
the  month. 

Bro.  F.  P.  Mueller  on  Milford  first  pending 
bulletin,  vice   Bro.  Knight,  resigned. 

Mr.  Dennis,  "NI,**  on  vacation,  was  relieved  by 
Extra  "M." 

Bro.  B.  J.  Hill,  third  "GS,"  was  a  Lincoln  vis- 
itor last  month. 

Boys,  it*s  dues-paying  time  again.  Let's  be  as 
prompt  as  possible,  start  the  new  year  ri^ht,  and 
keep  from  becoming  delinquent. 

Bro.  R.  A.  Fulmer,  while  off  on  account  of  his 
•father  being  sick,  was  relieved  by  Bro.  B.  F. 
Kaney,  extra  agent. 

It's  now  Bro.  O.  D.  Kratier,  York  tower.  Cert. 
3259.  Welcome,  Bro.  Kratzer.  Landed  by  Bro. 
C  R.  Baker,  York. 

Bro.  R.  B.  Slivers,  first  Sutton,  off  a  couple  of 
days,  relieved  by  C.  A.  Smith,  extra. 

East  elevator.  Friend,  located  .near  the  depot, 
caught  fire  December  2d.  Good  work  by  the 
firemen  prevented  it  spreading,  and  Bros.  Teale 
and  Holmes    feel   thankful   their  office   was  saved. 

Bro.  E.  C.  Combs,  agent  Huntley,  resumed. 
Bro.  V.  D.  Chidester  to  Comstock,  Bro.  F.  J. 
Lyons   being   sick   with   acute   indigestion. 

Bro.  Hinds,  Spring  Ranch,  resumed.  Bro.  B. 
F.  Kancy  to  Lincoln  to  work  on  time  rolls. 

Bro.  A.  Klein,  from  Cairo,  relieving  Agent 
Swan  at  Ilolcomb,  who  was  called  to  Peru,  "Neb., 
on  account  of  sickness  of  his  father. 

Since  "biz"  has  fallen  off  some  Bro.  W.  G. 
Weaker,  Exeter,  gets  a  chance  to  eat  a  warm  din- 
ner now  and  then.  Bro.  E.  E.  Holmes  spent 
Christmas   with  parents  at   Saronville. 

Bro.  Olsen,  Crete,  gets  excused  once  in  awhile 
to  escort  the  fair  sex  home. 

Bro.  F.  D.  Chadwick,  Juniata,  keeps  his  car 
in  the  garage  instead  of  joy  riding  between  Juni- 
ata and  Hastings  this  wintry  weather. 

Chief  Dispatcher  Denton,  while  in  Qiicago,  was 
relieved  by  Glenn  Stewart,  night  chief,  he  by 
VVm.  Martin,  first  trick  dispatcher  main  line,  he 
by  Walter  Lamb,  second  main  line  trick  dis- 
patcher, relieved  by  Dispatcher  Temple,  extra,  and 
Operator  "Z,"  out  of  "NT*  office. 

Cushman  made  a  twelve-hour  office.  Bro.  J.  H. 
Smith,  formerly  first  there,  now  on  from  6  p.  m. 
until  6  a.  m. ;  Bro.  P.  M.  Orrell  bumping  Bro. 
Nicholas,  second  Cobb.  Mr.  Flickinger  on  third 
Cushman  extra. 

Bro.  Nichols  is  relieving  Bro.  H.  E.  Stayner 
second   Fairmont,  on  his  honeymoon. 

Following  brothers  were  the  first  to  pay  1914 
dues  on  this  division:  A.  S.  Kellog,  Palmer; 
C.  R.  Baker,  York;  C.  C.  Whitcomb,  Hampton; 
VV^m.  G.  Weaver,  Exeter.  These  brothers  paid 
for  a  1914  card  before  December  14,  191J.  You 
always  find  Lincoln  Division  among  the  first. 
Keep  it  up,  boys,  and  let's  all  get  new  cards  not 
later  than   March    1st. 

Bro.  R.  A.  Fulmer  resumed  second  Kenesaw 
after  attending  his  father  during  his  illness  and 
death.  Bro.  Fulmer  has  our  heartfelt  sympathy. 
His  relief,  Bro.  B.  F.  Kaney  to  Hastings  yards 
to  relieve  Bro.  B.  J.  Hill,  third  for  Christmas 

On  account  of  the  reduction  in  forces  at  Hast- 
ings yards  the  operators*  hours  have  been  ex- 
tended: Bro.  Miller,  7  a,  m, .  to  4  p.  m.;  Bro. 
Vant,  4  p.  m.  to  1  a.  m.;  Bro.  Hill,  1  a.  m.  to 
10  a.  m.;  helping  clerk,  7  a.  m.  to  10  a.  m. 

E.  P.  Flickinger  back  to  York  tower  nights. 
Second  Cushman  pulled  off  and  only  one  trick 
there  now. 

L.  B.  Denton,  our  genial  chief,  went  over  his 
division  the  latter  part  of  December  with  a  little 
rules  examination.  Good  thing,  as  it  gets  our 
minds  back  to  the  proper  working  instructions. 
If  you  have  no  book  of  rules,  get  one  and  keep 

Bro.  W.  S.  Harris,  first  Cobb,  working  on  Mr. 
Thropp,  assures  us  he  will  soon  be  Bro.  Thropp. 
Bro.  G.  O.  Vant,  second  "GS"  Hastings,  assures 
us  he  will  land  five  new  members  in  1914. 
Who's  next?  O'Lcary,  at  Dorchester;  Blackster, 
at  Crete,  and  others  are  on  his  list.  We  wish  him 
luck.     Have  you  seen  Bro.  Vant's  gold  watch? 

Bro.  J.  W.  Shaw,  formerly  at  "GS"  Hastings, 
then  to  a  Montana  homestead,  is  now  in  the  relay 
office  at  Livingston,  Mont. 

It's  now  Bro.  H.  C.  Cook,  Cairo  extra,  landed 
by  Bro.  E.  R.  Tyner  at  Cairo. 

Mr.  J.  L.  McMinn  ■  assigned  Exeter  tower,  and 
K.  E.  Thropp  assigned  third  Cobb. 

Biggerstaff,  at  Ravenna,  off  two  weeks,  was  re- 
lieved by  "FB." 

Bro.  R.  R.  Haggitt,  Utica,  off  a  week  to  visit 
his  sick  mother  in  Iowa,  relieved  by  Anderson, 
who  returned   to   Saronville   as  helper. 

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AUiance  Division — 

Hemingford  and  Whitman  stations  'on  bulletin. 

Mr.  Brennan,  Halsey  third,  is  now  at  Provo. 

We  expect  to  hold  a  meeting  at  Edgemont 
about  the  lattter  part  of  this  month,  with  pros> 
pects  for  a  good  crowd. 

Cashier  LiTingston,  Crawford,  took  a  two-week 
hurt  inn  trip  and  succeeded  in  killing  a  nice  deer. 
He  was  reiiered  by  Extra  Agent  Bro.  Powell, 
who  also  relieved  Agent  C  F.  Triplett  at  Craw- 
ford whfle  off  two  weeks  visiting  his  mother  at 
Pasadena,  CaL,  and  later  relieved  Bro.  Davis, 
Crawford  first,  while  be  took  his  daughter  to 
Omaha  to  have  her  eyes  fitted. 

Bro.  Sheldon,  Minnekahta,  off  a  short  time, 
was  relieved  by  Bro.  Harkleroad,  who  later  went 
to  the  AlKance  freight  office. 

Bro.  Ragland,  Hemingford  third,  is  on  a  month's 
vacation  in  southern  Missouri. 

Mr.  Hellman  bid  in  third  Anselmo,  and  Bro. 
Vant  Leven  bid  in  third  Seneca. 

Hyannis  has  been  made  a  continuous  office,  and 
Ashby  nights  closed. 

Bro.  R.  P.  Henry  is  on  third  Ardmore,  reliev- 
ing Bro.  Kenneda. 

H.  L.  Ormsby,  former  agent  Broken  Bow,  is 
now  ticket  agent  Alliance.  Bro.  Walters,  agent 
Broken  Bow,  while  off  three  weeks  visiting  points 
in  California,  was  relieved  by  Cashier  Brown. 

Mr.  Wsrtenberger,  who  has  returned  from  his 
honeymoon  to  Mystic,  will  be  with  us  in  a  very 
short  time,  which  will  make  the  Deadwood  line 
solid.  A  year  and  a  half  ago  there  was  but  one 
member  on  the  Deadwood  lice,  but  once  in  they 
are  stickers.  Cut.  13. 

McCook  Division — 

Recent  assignmenU:  Bro.  C  T.  Hoffnagle, 
agent  Burns  Jet.;  Bro.  G.  A.  Sullivai ,  second 
Keensburg;  Bro.  I.  D.  Hewitt,  Cam 
bridge;  Bro.  M.  I.  Stark,  third  Republican;  Bro. 
C.  E.  Hertz,  second  Trenton;  P.  H.  Bartb,  third 
Keensburg;  Bro.  E.  O.  Cords,  third  Orleans. 

Mr. ,  Ketler,  agent  Bartley,  with  home  folks  at 
Benkleman  a  few  days,  was  relieved  by  Mr. 

Bro.  Roberts  on  second  Trenton  while  on  bul- 
letin, vice  Bro.  Fredrickson,  gone  to  his  home- 
stead.    Mr.   McCoy,  an  old-timer,   is  on  third. 

Bro.  Tillman,  second  Akron,  laying  off,  relieved 
by  Mr.  W^iser,  and  Mr.  Jones,  a  new  man,  is 
agent  at  Ludell,  vice  Bro.  Hewitt. 

Bro.  O.  B.  Landau,  LaFayette,  was  a  Denver 
visitor  one  day  before  Christmas.  It  is  now  Bro. 
Stingley  at  LaFayette. 

Only  one  of  the  boys  along  the  line  sent  me 
any  notes.  If  you  want  more  news,  drop  me  a 
card  with  news  for  the  journal. 

Bro.  Carder  and  Bro.  Rogers  have  done  some 
good  work  organizing  on  the  Omaha,  Lincoln  and 
Wymore  Divisions.  We  wish  they  would  have 
had  time  to  cover  the  McCook  Division  also. 
There  are  several  new  applicants  for  positions, 
and  as  we  are  in  a  bad  place  to  get  in  touch 
with  them  away  up  here,  it  behooves  some  good 
brother  to  see  if  they  are  lined  up  properly,  and 

if  they  belong  to  some  other  division  to  let  me 
know  at  once,  so  I  can  get  them  lined  up  for  130. 
If  the  brothers  from  other  divisions  will  send  me 
their  names  when  they  come  to  this  division,  we 
will  see  that  they  are  called  Bro.  instead  of  Mr. 

Would  be  glad  to  have  more  items  for  the  next 
issue,  if  some  of  the  brothers  would  help  me. 

C.  R.  Hunt. 

Atlantic  Coast  Line  Ry. 

Charleston  District — 

All  the  winter  offices  are  being  opened  up  as 
fast  as  possible.  The  line  will  be  full  of  new 
men,  and  we  should  find  out  if  they  have  a  card 
and  have  them  transferred.  If  not,  insist  upon 
.them  getting  one,  and  show  them  how  to  make 
a  start  in  that  direction.  Tell  everybody  of  our 
regular  meeting  day  (second  Sunday  in  each 
month,  in  Charleston),  and  invite  all  members  to 
meet  with  us.  Everybody  be  wide  awake  and  on 
his  job,  and  let's  save  our  chief  the  trouble  of 
having  to  jack  up  any  of  us  about  anything. 
Those  of  us  who  have  any  dealings  with  the  **28'* 
car  report  had  better  be  on  hand  at  the  proper 
time,  or  he  will  most  certainly  receive  a  com- 
tnunication  from  the  chief,  for  he  banks  on  the 
information  given  in  this  report  and  must  have  it 

Every  member  who  possibly  can  should  attend 
every  meeting,  as  you  get  next  to  things  you  can't 
possibly  learn  elsewhere.  We  initiate  every  can- 
didate on  our  division,  and  it  is  your  duty  to 
be  present  to  either  cast  a  vote  for  or  against  him 
and  take  part  or  witness  his  initiation.  We  have 
a  secretary  who  will  gladly  accept  your  dues  at 
any  meeting,  thereby  relieving  you  of  the  trouble 
tnd  expense  of  postal  or  express  money  order. 
You  are  not  taxed  anything  at  these  meetings,  so 
don't  get  the  idea  into  your  head  that  we  are 
going  to  beg  you  for  anything.  Come,  let's  all 
get  together  and  stay  together,  which  is  very  es- 
sential in  the  cause  we  represent.  Bro.  Williams, 
of  Wilson,  was  with  us  and  conducted  our  last 
two  meetings,  and  was  delighted  with  our  prog- 
ress and  the  present  condition  of  things  in  gen- 
eral on  our  district.  We  are  grateful  to  Bro. 
Williams  for  the  interest  taken  in  our  meetings, 
and  we  are  hopeful  of  entertaining  him  socially 
on  one  of  his  trips  through  at  some  future  date 
as  a  token  of  appreciation. 

Some  of  the  late  assignments  are:  Bro.  D.  J. 
Kirton  to  second  Jacksonboro,  relieving  "Operene" 
Addison;  Bro.  S.  M.  Mo-)re  to  second  Vardell; 
P.  H.  Chester  to  third  "HN"  Charieston;  J.  W. 
Braziel  to  agency  Pon  Pon,  vice  Bro.  E.  O.  Rey- 
nolds,   to   Jacksonboro    agency. 

Bennetts  yard  has  been  opened  as  permanent 
positions;  assignments  are  not  yet  out. 

Effingham  second  and  thirl,  and  Ridgeland  sec- 
ond and  third  on  bulletin.  Good  jobs  for  extra 
men.  As  soon  as  they  land,  all  hands  jump  them 
about  a  card,  and  let's  get  our  interest  on  amount 

Bro.  J.  H.  Champlin,  of  Division  92.  has  trans- 
ferred to  our  division,  and  we  are  glad  to  welcome 
the   new  brother;   also   Bro.  J.   Hamilton,   of  the 

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Grand  Dtrision,   whom   we   also   hope  to   transfer 
and  keep  with  us. 

Bros.  Brooker  and  Gumming  were  in  Charles- 
ton one  day  recently.  Bro.  Pete  Cam,  Ashley  Jet., 
off  a  few  days  to  attend  to  business  in  Otranto, 
Saxon,  Oakley  and  other  northern  points,  was 
relieved  by  second  trick  man  there,  and  he  by 
Bro.  Turner,  of  Mt.  Holly. 

Bro.  R.  H.  Tuttle,  of  Bonneau,  was  relieved, 
while  off  getting  married,  by  Bro.  G.  F.  Turner, 
of  Effingham,  who  also  has  matrimonial  ideas 
floating^  through  his  ''bean." 

Three  new  jobs  at  Santee  River  will  soon  be 
opened  on  our  district.  Effingham  and  Salters  will 
be  opened  shortly,  and  we  will  be  able  to  get  in 
touch  with  a  couple  of  brothers  who  have  been 
silent  for  quite  a  while,  so  far  as  the  wires  are 
concerned.  It  looks  rather  against  Gourdin  being 
opened  as  a  telegraph  station  any  more,  as  *'GN" 
tower  will  be  so  close  on  one  side  and  Lanes  on 
the  other. 

Remember  about  the  new  men  coming  in,  and 
do  what  you  can  to  land  them.  Let's  all  get  down 
to  business  while  there  is  plenty  of  business.  Any 
information  as  to  blanks,  rates,  etc.,  will  be  gladly 
furnished  by  simply  dropping  me  a  note,  care 
dbpatcher's  office,  Charleston,  S.  C. 

H.  E.  BoLiCK,  Local  Chairman. 

Sat€Hnah   District — 

Bro.  N.  W.  Mcintosh,  recently  on  the  sick  list, 
is  up  and  around  again. 

Bro.  LaFrage,  of  Ways,  Ga.,  is  at  home  in  Troy, 
Ala.,  with  an  attack  of  typhoid  fever.  Trust  he 
will  soon  be  around. 

Bro.  Fuller,  second  Ludowici,  is  now  with  the 
Southern  at  Blackville,  S.  C.  Mr.  Campbell, 
Ludowici,  has  gone  in  business  in  Alabama,  re- 
lieved by  a  member. 

Bro.  Wheeler  relieved  Bro.  Webb.  Dyal,  while 
he  was  in  Waycross  hospital  being  treated  for 
poisoned   hands. 

Bro.  Cox,  Mcintosh,  was  the  host  at  an  oyster 
roast  given  there  recently.  There  was  a  bunch  on 
band,  including  Dispatcher  Clark,  who  favored  the 
boys  with  one  of  his  characteristic  speeches.  They 
all  had  such  a  large  time  that  Bro.  Cox  had  to 
call  for  relief  next  day.  Can't  say  whether  it 
was  the  pepper  sauce  or  the  oysters.. 

Mr.  Daniel  our  chief,  accompanied  by  Dispatcher 
Jones,  returned  from  a  short  fishing  trip  recently, 
having  landed  a  27-pound   bass. 

Bro.  Smith  was  elected  councilman  of  Folkston 
for  a  term  of  three  years. 

A  number  of  the  boys  formerly  on  this  district 
have  drifted  back  including  Bros.  Massingale  and 

Bro.  W.  L.  Barefoot  has  returned  and  is  on  first 
trick  **DE"  Savannah.  Everybody  is  glad  to^see 
him  back  again. 

Bro.  Clements  has  been  advanced  to  a  trick 
in  Savannah  dispatcher's  office.  All  the  boys  are 
wishing  him  success.  Mr.  Leary  from  Waycross, 
i%  working  third  trick  there.  It  is  pleasing  to  us 
to  note  that  the  offidala  have  selected  these  promis- 

ing young  men   from   the   ranks  and   feel  certain 
that  they  will  prove  their  worth. 

New  members  are:  L.  W.  Strickland,  Ways, 
Ga.;  M.  B.  Mullinax,  Mcintosh,  Ga.,  and  E.  A. 
Bright,    Jacksonville,    Fla. 

Bro.  Hollahan  has  secured  the  required  twenty- 
five  new  members  this  year  to  secure  a  watch. 
Blanks  have  been  furnished  several  others  who 
will  soon  be  with  the  crowd. 

It  is  hoped  that  those  who  regularly  come  to 
this  district  every  season  to  take  advantage  of 
the  increases  and  better  conditions  secured  from 
time  to  time  will  wake  up  to  the  fact  that  it  is 
about  time  that  they  paid  for  their  share  in  the 
prosperity  and  get  a  card. 

It  is  contemplated  to  have  a  "feast"  and  meet- 
ing in  Jesup  some  time  after  the  rush  is  over.  So 
get  out  your  fiddle  and  string  up  the  bow. 

Tim  O'Shba. 

"Big  Four"  R.  R. 

Chicago  Division  West — 

Did  you  ever  see  the  "spineless  creature,"  who, 
when  he  had  lost  his  job  or  some  misfortune  had 
befell  him,  would  fold  his  hands  and  with  the 
utmost  sincerity  say,  "The  Lord  will  provide?" 
Now,  no  doubt,  the  Lord  appreciates  his  implicit 
faith  in  His  ability  to  take  care  of  him,  but  I  have 
noticed  during  twenty  years  of  roaming  around, 
the  Lord  invariably  fights  shy  of  such  people,  and 
it  is  a  good  thing  for  all  concerned  that'  He  does. 
When  I  go  to  heaven  I  want  to  have  a  good  time. 
There  will  be  no  railroads  nor  landlords  to  worry 
with.  So  I  intend  to  sit  down  after  I  have 
registered  in  and  steep  my  Astral  soul  in  the 
sweet  melodies  6i  "Turkey  in  the  Straw"  and 
"Red  Wing,"  playing  them  on  my  new  harp.  But 
I  couldn't  enjoy  myself  in  the  company  of  such 
people.  They  would  not  be  there  long  enough  to 
learn  the  names  of  the  streets  before  they  would 
be  yelling  for  a  piano  tuner  to  work  on  their  harp 
or  for  a  porter  to  polish  their  crown.  Besides 
they  would  come  around  where  I  was  playing  and 
insist  on  singing  to  my  tunes,  thus  causing  me  to 
get  "all  balled  up."  So  if  St.  Peter  ever  lays 
off  to  go  to  a  ball  game  and  a  sub  lets  a  few  nons 
in,  I  will  give  up  my  equipment  and  go  to  the 
other  place,  get  a  small  agency  and  work  fourteen 
hours  for  $53.00  and  commis.^on.  The  "spineless* 
creature"  referred  to  is  commonly  known  as  the 
"non."  One  can  find  them  most  any  place.  If  you 
look  closely  you  many  find  one  in  your  office,  and 
if  you  can  not  get  him  to  join  the  best  plan  is  to 
ignore  him.  Why  will  you  endure  a  man  who 
calmly  sits  by  and  allows  you  to  work  and  get 
him  an  increase,  who,  instead  of  being  grateful, 
is  the  first  to  yell  when  the  company  breaks  some 
trifling  part  of  the  agreement.  Get  rid  of  him; 
then  open  the  windows  and  let  the  office  air  out. 

We  hope  you  had  a  merry  Christmas,  that  you 
will  have  a  happy  New  Year,  and  if  you  haven't 
done  it,  do  it  now — send  in  that  five  beans  and 
show  us  what  you  are  made  of.  Our  committee 
goes  up  in  January.     Here's  looking  at  them. 

Bro.  Turner  was  in  Springfield  recently,  relieved 
by  Bro.   Boyd. 

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The  new  phone  arrangement  works  O.  K.,  aK 
though  we  on  the  west  end  have  a  hard  lime 
separating  the  little  "electric  impulses,  which  "Rep" 
stirs  up  at  the  other  end,  from  the  noises  made  by 
the  local,  city  phone,  and  the  fair  young  thing  who 
can't  work  the  gum  machine. 

Bro.  Harris  is  enjoying  pastoral  i>ursuits  in 
"ieah  old  Kaintuck,"  and  tearing  off  a  large  sized 
time  in  New  Orleans. 

Sister  Dainwood  bid  in  "RO"  regular,  relieving 
Mr.  Insko. 

New  office  at  "KT,"  Bro.  Argenbright,  first; 
Messieurs,  Lucas  and  Wright,  second  and  third. 
They  have  nothing  to  do  until  tomorrow  if  they 
arc  not  all  in  when  they  get  through  hurtling  bag- 
gage.    All  for  $62.50. 

We  will  have  Broderick  at  "MA"  with  us  after 
the  first. 

Now  fellers,  you  see  the  extent  of  the  write-up. 
The  offices  mentioned  are  the  ones  who  sent  me 
the  news.  Hereafter  I  will  make  it  a  point  to  see 
who  is  taking  an  interest.  If  you  are  just  holding 
a  card  on  general  principles,  wake  up. 

Div.  Cor. 

Grbensburg,  Ind.,  December  22,  1913. 
Bro.  G.  B.  Harris,  first  St.  *Anne,  is  appointed 
correspondent  for  the  Chicago  Division  west,  fic- 
count  Bro.  F.  C.  Bussert  giving  up  the  work. 
Brothers,  please  take  notice  and  try  to  get  some 
news  in  occasionally.  A.  J.  Hornung,  L.  C. 

Cleveland  Division — 

Bro.  Dutton  is  still  working  the  agent's  job  at 
Augusta  account  Agent  Tobias*  wife  being  sick. 
Extra  Harrison  working  third  Vernon;  Chas. 
Henry  sick. 

Ed  Kelly,  night  chief  dispatcher  at  "DI,"  is 
now  trainmaster  on  the  Sandy  Division.  O.  C. 
Wyman,  trainmaster  Michigan  Division,  trans- 
ferred to  chief  dispatcher  at  Cleveland;  Mr.  Kelly, 
assistant'  Chas.  Bourroughs  appointed  assistant 
trainmaster,  vice  Wm.  Carter,  promoted.  The 
rumor  is  that  the  Cleveland  Division  dispatchers 
will  be  transferred  to  Bellefontaine  along  with  the 
other  officials  next  spring. 

As  we  are  about  to  open  negotiations  with  the 
company  for  a  new  schedule,  would  like  to  see 
every  brother  get  after  the  nons  working  close  to 
them  and  try  and  get  them  to  come  in  with  us 
and  help  bear  the  expense.  I  have  written  a 
letter  to  every  non  whom  we  would  care  to  have, 
and  you  can  help  a  lot  by  getting  after  them  your- 

I  am  glad  to  say  that  the  list  of  delinquents  on 
the  division  is  very  small  and  there  are  quite  a 
number  of  extra  men  coming  in. 

Bro.  Scott,  second  Edison,  on  an  extended  vaca- 
tion through  the  West,  relieved  by  Mr.  Gallagher, 
from  third  Cardington. 

Bro.  W.  P.  Dick,  is  on  third  Leonardsburg 
pending  bids.  Bro.  C.  M.  Young,  **A,"  off  with 
a  lame  arm,  relieved  by  Extra  Irwin,  who  later 
went  to  second  Linndale. 

The  meeting  at  Cleveland  this  month  was  well 
attended,  our  former   local  chairman,   H.   R.   Rey- 

nolds, being  on  hand.     "RN"  still  is  up  to  date, 
and  we  are  glad  to  have  him   with  us. 

I  Some  of  you  have  not  turned  in  your  infonna- 
tion  blanks  yet.  Please  get  them  in  at  once  to  be 
used   by   the  general   committee. 

Marsh  and  Ashley  nights  closed.  Bro.  Willauer, 
first  Marsh,  laid  off,  a  twelve-hour  stunt  being  too 
much  for  his  health,  relieved  by  Bro.  Golden. 

Bro.  Bogan,  assigned  third  Rush,  being  the  next 
oldest  man  bidding  on  the  job,  and  Bro.  Rollins 
staying  at  Ashley.  This  will  cover  all  cases  of  this 
kind  in  the  future. 

.Assignments:  First  "DI"  Otto  9tine;  fifth 
"DI,"  Bro.  G.  E,  Foltz;  sixth  "DI,"  A.  M.  Davies; 
third  Harper,  G.  E.  Dodds;  third  Ashley,  Bro. 
E.  A.  Rollins;  second  Leonardsburg,  Bro.  W.  P. 
Dick;  third  Leonardsburg,  W.  Alexander.  Extra 
Kautzman  on  third  Harper  till  filled  by  Bro. 
Dodds.  Operator  Cleveland,  third  Larue,  off  a  few 
days,  also  relieved  by  Extra  Kautzman,  who  then 
relieved  Bro.  Edwards,  second  Harper  on  account 
of  sickness  of  his  wife. 

Trains  were  detoured  over  the  T.  O.  C,  Edison 
to  Martel,  then  to  the  Big  Four,  Indianapolis 
Division,  until  the  Edison  wreck  was  cleared. 

I  wish  to  thank  Bro.  Edwards,  Harper,  for  some 
of  these  items,  he  being  the  only  one  who  makes 
any  attempt  to  help  us  have  a  write-up  every 
month.  Ckrt.    1123. 

Sandusky  Division — 

Happy  New  Year. 

Bro.  Smith  is  enjoying  his  morning  walks  to 

Bro.  Shultz  bid  in  third  Knisley,  his  home  town, 
and  Bro.  Kahlefras,  second  Osborne,  bid  in  third 

Mr.  Moorefield,  third  Par,  has  gone  South. 

Bro.  C.  O.  Delp  is  now  third  trick  operator  and 
ticket  agent  at  Middletown  depot.  He  was  baggage 
agent  on   105   one  Sunday  morning  recently. 

Don't  forget  to  have  a  different  colored  card  for 
January.  1914.     They  are  beauties,  boys. 

Bro.  Foley  has  a  new  bug.     Watch  out. 

J.  Hildebrand  bid  in  first  Lad  relieved  on  first 
•*F.\"  by   Bro.  Harper,  F.  Huber  on  second. 

F.  Williams  is  on  first  Rox,  and  Mr.  Cox  re- 
lieved Mr.   Rowland  on  second  Galloway. 

The  Sandusky  Division  dispatchers  arc  back  at 
"J"  again,  and  Rube  was  appointed  chief  dis- 

Now,  boys,  get  new  members  while  we  have  a 
"cracker  jack"  of  a  chairman.  Let's  make  the 
division  solid.  Attend  the  meeting  and  get  ac- 
quainted.    We  want  to  meet  you. 

Bro.  Glass  bid  in  first  Shale,  leaving  second 
"SA"  open. 

Bro.  Hertel  is  on  third  "XD."  It  sounds  good 
to  have  an  old  head  on  the  job  again. 

Bro.  Emmerson  is  visiting  in  Dayton  often. 
Please  advise. 

Get  that  non  next  door,  brothers.  .\11  lend  a 
hand  and  we  can  easily  make  this  division  solid. 

Send  me  the  news  boys,  so  we  can  have  ^  write- 
up  every  month.     All  help.     One  man  can  not  do 
it  alone.     Send  the  news  to  Franklin,  Ohio. 
Wm.  H.  Aloe,  Div.  Cor.,  "KX,"  Cert.  1525. 

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Maine  Central  R.  R. 

Eastern  Diz-ision — 

Bro.  Comings,  of  South  Orrington,  has  been 
appointed  agent  at  \Vinn;  Sister  McFarland,  sec- 
ond, and  Bro.  Blaisdell,  third  Forest;  Earl  R. 
Crocker,  third  Kingman;  Bro.  Merryficld,  of 
Monmouth,  first  Mattawamkeag;  T.  F.  Cosgrove, 
first  "B"  office;  Bro.  Morse,  clerk-operator  Wood- 
land, and  Bro.  Farady,  second  Bancroft. 

Request  your  local  chairman  to  furnish  you 
with  an  office  sign,  "No  card,  no  favors,"  and  live 
up  to  it.  Treat  the  non  well,  but  let  him  get  a 
card  if  he  wants  favors. 

I  am  pleased  to  state  that  the  percentage  of 
membership  on  this  division  is  now  greater  than 
at  any  previous  time  since  organizing.  We  have 
less  than  half  a  dozen  non-members  and  think 
we  can  soon  get  them  all. 

Find  quite  a  few  errors  in  the  seniority  list, 
and  would  like  to  have  it  correct.  Check  yours 
with  the  following,  and  if  any  error,  notify  me: 
Eastern  Division — j\bbott,  E.  E.,  Sept.  9,  1907; 
Atwood,  V.  F.,  Oct.  5,  1911;  Aldrich,  W.  F., 
March  27,  1913;  Babkirk,  A.  A.,  May  1,  1895; 
Blaisdell,  Burleigh,  April  28,  1913;  Buckley,  J.  L., 
Oct.  7,  1912;  Buchanan,  Wm.,  March  16,  1911; 
Clark,  J.  E..  May,  1886;  Comings,  H.  E..  June 
30,  1899;  Cook,  C.  P.,  June  15,  1897;  Cosgrove, 
J.  A.,  Jan.  9,  1909;  Crabtree,  F.  S.,  1904;  Cran- 
dlemire,  F.,  Nov.  18,  1908;  Crane,  G.  D.,  jQct.  1, 
1890;  Crane,  L.  F.,  Feb.,  1894;  Cromwell,  J.  R.. 
April  14,  1908;  Cummings,  R.  E.,  March  17, 
1913;  Crandlemire,  C,  April  13,  1912;  Dennis, 
A.  J-,  April  30,  1897;  Dennis.  A.  L,  June  5, 
1902;  Desmond,  R.  M.,  Aug.  29,  1906;  Ellis,  H. 
J.,  Dec  2,  1912;  Foster.  A.  E.,  Oct.  4,  1884; 
French,  R.  M.,  Sept.  11,  1909;  Graham,  O.  M., 
Aug.  1,  1906;  Higgins,  H.  S.,  Nov.,  1905;  Hinch, 
R-  H.,  May  13,  1897;  Hobbs.  V.  W.,  Sept.  12, 
1893;  Hodgkins,  E.  G.,  June,  1903;  Herrick,  E. 
G..  Oct.  21,  1912;  Jenkins,  C.  L.  F.,  Nov.  26, 
1912;  Leach,  H.  W.,  Dec.  3,  1908;  Leard.  C.  H.. 
April  10,  1905;  Lewis,  R.  A.,  April  22,  1908; 
Lindsay,  A.  M.,  May  1,  1896;  Lindsay,  P.  H.. 
July  17.  1899;  Lindsay,  C.  S.,  May  9,  1907; 
Mann,  L  E.,  Sept.  25,  1905;  Marsh,  P.  M.,  July 
18.  1905;  Merryfield,  T.  R.,  April  24,  1911;  Mile% 
M.  A.,  Nov.,  1882;  Maddocks,  H.  A.,  Sept.  4, 
1911;  McFarland.  L.  B.,  Dec.  1,  1910;  Morse. 
L.  A.,  Aug.  14,  1908;  McFarland,  E.,  Jan.  L 
1901:  MacKenzie,  J.  A.,  Oct.  22,  1901;  Milan, 
G.  F.,  Aug.  20,  1913;  Milliken,  H.  G..  Aug.  11, 
1898;    Moorsc,   R.   W..   May  21.    1910;    McCarthy, 

F.  W..  Jane  27.  1912;  McTague,  J.  H.,  Feb.  15, 
1913;  Neal,  L.  E.,  Sept.  3.  1909;  Neal,  N.  B., 
March  16,  1903;  Perry,  H.  G.,  May  2,  1904; 
Plummer.  R.  J.,  Aug.  25,  1891;  Prouty,  H.  A., 
.\pril  22,  1903;  Robinson.  H.  G.,  April,  1902; 
Reynolds.  D.  C,  March  16,  1911;  Ross,  M.  J., 
July   1,   1904;   Scrrbncr,  C.  E.,  Dec,   1900;   Smith, 

G.  H.,  May  1,  1898;  Shannon,  C.  D.,  Sept.  7, 
1909;  Shea,  E.  A.,  April  1,  1911;  Trafton,  F.  E., 
July  1,  1908;  Tripp,  H.  M.,  Dec.  12,  1905;  True- 
worthy,  R..  July  13.  1912;  Wardwell,  I.  L.,  1875; 
Wiggin.  C  D.,  Aug.  25,  1897;  Wright,  E.  S., 
March   11.   1912. 

Calais  Branch— Bishop,  Clifford  D.,  Dec.  12, 
1898;  Desmond,  James  F.,  Feb.  26,  1899;  Day, 
Edgar  A.,  July  16,  1902;  Downes,  Herbert  W., 
June,  1904;  Fickett,  E.  E.,  May  13,  1906;  Farns- 
worlh,  Herbert,  G.,  Oct.  28,  1908;  Gardner,  Ralph, 
A.,  Nov.  1,  1900;  Hillgrove,  Leonard  R.,  July, 
1903;  Kirkpatrick,  Fred  d.,  Oct.  3,  1912;  Knowles, 
Steven  J..  April  15,  1905;  Leighton,  Harvey  G., 
Dec.  16,  1899;  Leighton,  James  A.,  July  28,  1909; 
Leddy,  Eugene,  Oct.  24,  1912;  Miller,  Leonard, 
Dec.  1,  1903;  Myrick,  William  C,  Dec  11,  1898; 
Miles.  Alfred  L.,  Nov.  10,  1899;  Miner,  William 
C,  March  1;  1903;  Miles,  H.  T.,  Jan.  8,  1913; 
Murphy,  Paul  H.,  Dec  12.  1912;  O'Brine,  Ed- 
ward, Aug.  1,  1901;  Reed,  Lewis  W..  April  3. 
WOO;  Sylvcst,  Arthur  L.,  May  27,  1901;  Stuart, 
Frank  P.,  Nov.  25,  1902;  Wilson,  Pluma  C,  Jan. 
1,   1907;   Wakefield,   Raymond   B.,   March  3.    1910. 

Bro.  Miles  lost  several  days  in  being  transferred 
from  Anson  to  Perry,  and,  being  unable  to  get 
pay  from  the  company,  placed  the  matter  in  my 
hands.  It  was  adjusted  and  he  got  straight  time. 
It  is  policy  to  have  an  up-to-date  card  in  stormy 
weather,  and  very  few  of  us  know  when  a 
ttorm  is  coming.  Tell  the  non-members  to  get 
a  storm  insurance  card.         E.  McFarland,  L.  C. 

Portland  Division — 

/  Bro.  Merrifield,  clerk  Monmouth,  who  was  on 
a  two  weeks'  leave  of  absence,  visited  his  parents 
in  Richmond,  has  bid  in  third  New  Gloucester. 

Understand  the  company  is  thinking  of  cutting 
out  West  Benton  station  and  laying  the  track  via 

Brunswick,  Augusta,  Woolwich  and  Richmond 
^are  solid.  It  is  now  Bros.  Brown,  Dickey  and 
Gray,  also  Laurence  at  Vassalboro  ani  Beane, 
spare — a  newlywed.     Congratulations. 

Boys,  don't  get  behind  on  the  "OS."  Danks 
doesn't  like  to  repeat,  and  you  might  get  one  of 
those  white  letters. 

Ex-Bro.  Delano  landed  second  Burnham  Jet., 
vice  Mr.  Earles.  Hope  he  will  soon  get  a  card 

Bro.  Worth  Brown,  telegrapher-clerk  Fairfield, 
was  up  to  Berlin,  N.  H.,  recently  on  business. 

Bro.  Dailey,  agent  Richmond,  on  three  weeks' 
leave,  relieved  by  Bro.  Gray,  and  he  on  first  by 
Bro.  Beane. 

S.  F.  Haskell  is  on  third  Ruraford  Jet.  pending 

Charles,  Jr.,  has  arrived  at  the  "home  of  Bro. 
Hackett.  We  hope  no  spikes  are  lying  around  on 
the  track  he  will  have  to  cover  in  the  early  hours 
with  one  passenger  aboard. 

Bros.  J.  E.  Fardy  and  S.  A.  Lavallee  visited 
Bro.  Wood  at  his  home  in  Winthrop  recently. 
Bro.  Wood  has  resigned  as  agent  at  Gray  on 
account  of  sickness,  but  intends  to  go  on  as  trick 
operator  later  on.  We  all  wish  him  a  speedy  re- 

After  twenty-seven  years'  service  on  the  Mains 
Central,  Mr.  Nichols,  agent  at  Bowdoinham,  has 
left  station  work  and  is  now  in  the  accounting 
department  at  Portland,  his  position  being  filled  by 
Mr.    Clark,   formerly  agent  at  Winn.     Mrs.  Jack, 

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his  daughter,  also  resigned  at  the  ?amc  time,  her 
position  as  operator  being  filled  by  Bro.  Beane, 
later  by  Bro.  R.  E.  Robinson. 

Pay  up  your  dues,  boys.  Ask  the  car  knockers 
at  Waterville  shop  what  happened  to  them  when 
they  dropped  out.  You  can  bet  there  is  a  union 
there  now.  "A  word  to  the  wise  is  sufficient." 
Let's  all  get  wise. 

While  on  a  visit  to  St.  Anne  de  Beaupre  on  my 
vacation  I  visited  one  of  the  stations  and  was  sur- 
prised to  see  a  brother  up  there.,  Both  electric 
and  steam  cars  are  run  on  that  road,  and  only 
fifteen  or  twenty  stations  on  the  road — all  solid 
O.  R.  T. 

The  new  station  at  Augusta  is  certainly  a  beauty, 
also  three  good-looking  brothers  running  it. 

How  about  a  meeting,  boys?  and  it  wouldn't  be 
a  bad  idea  to  give  us  a  dance. 

This  makes  my  second  year  here  in  the  woods. 
Jo.  NoLEs,  400. 

Grand  Rapids  &  Indiana  Ry. 

Northern  Division — 

It  would  be  a  good  thing  to  appoint  one  of  the 
boys  correspondent  ani  get  a  little  write-up  in 
every  time,  and  have  the  others  send  him  all  the 
news  possible. 

Bojrs,  you  must  all  see  that  the  other  fellow 
has  a  card,  one  of  the  Same  color  as  yours  and 
can  flash  it  on  a  moment's  notice.  "Get  busy" 
should  be  our  slogan  and  ''No  card,  no  favors'* 
our  watchword. 

Bros.  W.  A.  Gates  and  R.  L.  Gates  spent  a 
month  pleasantly  with  the  old  folks  at  home  in 
Virginia.  Bro.  W.  A.  goes  to  first  Reed  City, 
and  Bro.  R.  L.  to  Morley  as  agent.  Bro.  C.  H. 
Daley,  who  relieved  the  latter  as  agent  at  Elmira, 
has  been  placed  there  permanently,  relieved  by 
Bro.  Walter  Holbrook  on  third  Boyne  Falls. 
"Mr."  Mancy  couldn't  stani  the  pressure  at  "KS" 
tower  and  was  relieved  by  Bro.  Avery,  of  the 
G.  T.,  making  "KS"  solid. 

Mr.  Waitc  is  relieving  Mr.  Leahy  on  third  "A" 
Kalkaska  awhile. 

Bro.  F.  C.  Frymire,  Alba,  spent  a  month  during 
the  deer  season  in  the  upper  peninsi^a,  relieved  by 
Bro.  C.  A.  Brownell,  of  the  P.  M. 

Bro.  G.  A.  Hilliker,  formerly  of  Mancelona, 
spent  a  few  days  there  visiting  with  Bro.  J.  M. 
Bartholomy.  George  is  looking  good.  Come  again, 
old  man. 

Mr.  Shue,  of  "FN**  siding,  worked  a  few  nights 
at  **KS'*  tower,  relieved  by  Mr.  Norton,  a  product 
of  the  Howard  City  ham  shop.  Boys,  remember 
the  slogan.  Mr.  Pugh  relieved  Mr.  Shue  at  "KS*' 
several  days,  and  was  relieved  again  by  Mr.  Shue. 

In  the  death  of  C.  E.  Johnson,  boys,  we  have 
lost  a  good  friend.  He  had  the  blanks  all  filled  out 
to  become  a  brother  on  pay  day.  He  was  relieving 
Mr.  Hough,  agent  at  Clarion,  on  vacation,  who 
returned  the  day  Mr.  Johnson  came  down  with 
appendicitis  and  was  taken  to  Lockwood  Hospital 
at  Pctoskey  and  died  there  five  days  later.  He 
was  twenty-one  years  of  age  last  August.  The 
company  has  lost  a  good  man  and  the  parents  a 

loving  son,  always  the  same  to  everyone.  The 
funeral  was  held  at  Clarion,  November  23d,  at- 
tended by  a  very  large  number  of  friends.  Bros. 
W.  S.  Plummer,  of  Pellston;  W.  W.  Holbrook,  of 
Boyne  Falls,  and  L.  B.  Babcock,  of  Petoskey,  and 
Messrs.  A.  B.  Weyant,  freight  agent  Petoskey,  and 
Stephenson,  of  Pellston,  were  in  attendance.  Mr. 
Johnson's  father,  A.  Johnson,  is  section  forman  at 

Bio.  R.  A.  Norin  has  returned  from  his  western 
trip  and  relieved  Bro.  C.  L.  Sheets,  who  is  in 
**DS"  office.  P.  L.  Boulard,  dispatcher  "GN,"  en 
six  months'  leave. 

Bros.  L.  L.  Wright  and  E.  O.  Brotherton  have 
relume  1  from  vacation. 

L.  F.  Judkins,  agent  Fife  Lake  for  a  number  of 
years,  has  taken  third  Walton  Jet.,  relieved  by  R. 
G.  Herrick,  of  Pellston.  J.  L.  Merrinane  gets 

There  has  been  some  changing  of  agents  lately: 

B.  V.  Marble,  of  Muskegon,  gets  Grand  Rapids 
freight  agency,  vice  Robt.  Orr,  deceased;  C.  L. 
Lane,  of  Reed  City,  to  Muskegon ;  E.  C.  Amphlett, 
of  Mackinaw  City,  to  Reed  City;  H.  E.  Blue,  Man- 
ton  to  Mackinaw  City;  E.  Phelps,  freight  agent 
Petoskey,  to  Manton;  A.  B.  Weyant,  Pellston,  to 
freight  agency  Petoskey,  and  L.  C.  Lacey,  Morley 
to   Pellston. 

V.  A.  Pool,  agent  Harbor  Springs,  off  a  while, 
was  relieved  by  Relief  Agent  Graves,  now  reliev- 
ing L.   E.  Foxworthy  at  Alanson.  Skidoo. 

Trinity  and  Brazos  Valley  Ry. 

The  months  of  October,  November  and  Decem- 
ber will  ever  be  remembered  as  eventful  ones  by 
the  officers  and  members  of  Division  144.  October 
saw  the  planning  and  the  high  hopes  of  everyone 
for  a  revised  and  better  contract;  November 
brought  the  negotiations  which  were  completed  in 
the  short  space  of  about  nine  hours  all  told,  and 
Thanksgiving  day  our  fondest  hopes  were  realized 
and  there  was  more  than  usual  to  be  thankful  tor. 
Christmas  brought  its  additional  pleasures  in  the 
full  enjoyment  of  a  contract  that  we  believe  is 
second   to   none. 

The  committee  carrying  on  the  negotiations  was 
composed  of  Bros.  D.  W.  Ram«%y,  general  chair- 
man. Bard  well,  Texas;  N.  W.  Smith,  general  sec- 
retary and  treasurer,  ani  Horace  Kemble,  local 
chairman,  Teaguc,  Tex.;  R.  E.  Evans,  local  chair- 
man, Newby,  Texas,  and  T.  H.  Stanton,  special 
committeeman,  Corsicana,  Texas.  These  brothers 
went  to  Houston  on  No.  7,  October  26th  prepared 
to  meet  President  Robins  and  Superintendent 
Allen  on  Monday  morning  the  27th.  This  meet- 
ing covered  about  three  and  one-half  hours  and 
all  features  of  the  revised  schedule  were  promptly 
agreed  upon,  down  to  the  wage  increases;  deferred 
until  November  16th,  when  the  committee  again 
met  in  Houston,  with  headquarters  at  the  Milby 
Hotel,  ready  for  another  auiience  with  the  offi- 
cials. Every  one  of  the  committee  was  in  the 
best  of  spirits,  determined  and  confident,  feeling 
as  they  expressed  it  to  the  officials:  "We  have 
not  approached  you  as  committees  most  often  do. 

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anticipating  about  half  of  what  is  asked  for,  but 
wc  have  made  a  very  conservative  estimate  and 
arc  expecting  every  cent  of  it/*  and  what  was 
ii3i£sed  of  getting  it  all  was  only  about  two  and 
a  half  per  cent.  The  total  figures  amounted  to 
nine  and  three-tenths,  while  about  six  and  scven- 
tenths  was  secured.  It  was  a  real  pleasure  to 
deal  with  Messrs.  Robins  and  Allen,  and  all 
matters  were  closed  up  on  the  17th  and  18th  with- 
out the  least  bit  of  friction.  The  road  is  gaining 
a  well  deserved  reputation  of  having  the  finest 
bunch  of  official  in  the  country  to  work  for,  and 
the  boys  on  this  division  are  going  to  show  their 
appreciation  of  the  treatment  they  receive  by 
"delivering  the  goods"  every  day  in  the  year. 

And  now  for  a  word  about  the  good  things  we 
secured.  The  first  clause  carries  the  words:  "It 
is  understood  and  agreed  between  the  management 
and  the  telegraphers"  instead  of  merely  "Rules  and 
Regulations.'*  The  three-year  bumping  clause  in 
•Article  III  encourages  one  to  settle  down  to  a 
position  and  feel  secure.  It  reads:  "When  posi- 
tions are  abolished  or  force  reduced,  telegrapher 
affected  may  displace  any  junior  telegrapher,  ex- 
cept those  who  have  been  assigned  to  a  regular 
position  continuously  three  years  or  more,  or  go 
on  the  extra  list,  retaining  his  seniority.  In  event 
there  are  no  telegraphers  in  the  service  younger 
than  three  yeats,  the  youngest  telegrapher  may  be 

Article  IV  reads:  "Telegraphers  with  families, 
who  have  been  assigned  regular  one  year  or  longer, 
will  be  given  ten  days'  notice  if  cut  off  through 
reduction  of   force  or  abolishing  of  position.** 

The  concessions  secured  in  the  hours  of  service 
and  meal  hour  articles  were  most  gratifying.  At 
one-man  stations  the  men  only  work  eleven  hours, 
as  in  the  past,  with  one  hour  of  this  time  for 
meal,  commencing  and  ending  between  the  hours 
of  11:30  and  1:30  day  or  night,  as  the  case  may 
be;  the  words  "commencing  and  ending**  were 
introduced  to  prevent  the  frequent  argument  that 
if  a  telegrapher  got  started  to  his  meal  even  as 
late  as  1:29  it  was  in  conformity  with  the  old 
contract.  At  three-man  stations  and  dispatchers' 
ofhces,  eight  consecutive  hours,  without  time  for 
meal,  constitutes  n  day's  work;  at  the  two-man 
stations,  or  nine-hour  jobs,  the  men  will  get  thirty 
minutes  of  this  time  for  lunch.  The  overtime  rate 
was  raised  to  a  minimum  of  thirty-five  cents,  as 
against  twenty-five  cents  in  the  past.  Telegraphers 
on  duty  at  wrecks,  washouts  and  similar  emergency 
offices  who  formerly  received  $2.50  per  day  of 
ten  hours  or  less,  time  computed  from  time  they 
started  until  they  returned,  except  deductions 
would  be  made  for  time  relieved  from  duty  for 
rest,  will  now  receive  $3.00  per  day  for  ten 
hours  or  less,  time  to  be  computed  ^rora  time  they 
Bre  called  to  start  until  they  return,  with  deduc- 
tions as  above  and  $2.00  expense  money  as  in  the 
past:  this  makes  practi$:ally  $5.00  per  day  for  this 
dass  of  work.  Telegraphers  required  to  leave 
their  home  station  to  relieve  another  telegrapher 
will  receive  $2.00  per  day  expense  money. 

The  miniminn  pay  for  telegraphers  is  now  $65.00 
per  month,  as  against  $60.00  in  the  past     There 

is  not  now  an  agency  on  the  line  paying  less  than 
$70.00,  eleven  of  them  having  been  raised  from 
$65.00.  This  is  approaching  right  onto  the  much- 
Ulked-of  $75.00  minimum.  Let's  all  try  a  little 
co-operation  and  make  it  a  reality.  Several  agen- 
cies were  raised  from  $70.00  to  $75.00  some  to 
$80.00,  and  one  to  $87.50;  none  of  the  regular 
assigned  cashiers  are  receiving  less  than  $80.00 
since  the  new  rates  went  into  effect;  terminals 
and  junctions  are  now  paying  $75.00,  $77.50,  and 
one  $95.00;  relay  men  are  now  getting  $80.00  and 
$90.00.  Express  and  telegraph  commissions  are 
provided  for  in  the  wage  schedule  and  can  not 
be  taken  away  without  an  adjustment  being  made. 

A  contract  like  this  should  certainly  bring  the 
few  remaining  nons  into  the  fold  especially  the 
one  for  whom  a  $10.00  raise  was  secured,  and  who 
is  holding  out  on  account  of  a  little  grudge,  blam- 
ing the  division  and  heaping  upon  our  shoulders 
a  load  the  origin  of  which  he  could  find  by  look- 
ing at  home. 

There  are  now  fifty-eight  telegraphers  enjoying 
seniority  on  our  list,  with  eleven  non-members 
or  delinquents,  whom   we  expect  to  soon  line  up. 

Bro.  O.  Thompson,  T.  &  V.  B.  Jet.,  was  in 
Houston  on  November  16th  and  17th,  and  was  at 
the  train  to  shake  hands  with  the  committee"  when 
they  landed  on  the  16th.  We  were  all  glad  to 
see  him. 

It  gives  us  great  pleasure  to  have  Bro.  J.  P. 
Kellcy  back  with  us  on  third  "JC."  after  being 
so  long  out  in  Morenci,  Ariz.  Thought  we  had 
about  lost  him.  Stay  with  us,  boy.  Bro.  R.  V. 
Smith,  second  "JC,**  enjoyed  a  vacation  during 
the  holidays.  C.  O.  Presley,  former  dispatcher  in 
"Dl,**  is  back  with  us  in  the  telegraph  department, 
assisting  Bro.  O.  Thompson,  on  first  "JC,**  who 
has  to  spend  a  great  dea^  of  his  time  looking  after 
the  yard  situation,  due  to  congestion  of  business 
caused  l.y  recent  floods. 

Bro.  C.  W.  Weaver,  cashier  Waxahachie,  bid  in 
the  cashiership  at  Mexia,  relieved  by  Bro.  C.  E. 
Earl,  ticket  clerk  Waxahachie.  Bro.  C.  H.  Wagner 
is  back  with  us  again  and  settled  down  to  cozy 
housekeeping  at  Waxahachie. 

Bro.  J.  B.  Milstead,  agent  Reagor  Springs,  off 
two  weeks  during  the  holidays,  relieved  by  Bro. 
J.  A.  Morgan,  of  the  T.  &  P.,  whom  we  hope  will 
stay  with  us. 

Bro.  D.  W.  Ramsay,  our  general  chairman, 
spent  Christmas  at  home  in  dear  old  Bardwell 
and  used  that  $10.00  raise  to  spread  the  Christ- 
mas menu  with  good   "eats.** 

Bro.  W.  B.  Langford,  formerly  cashier  Mexia, 
bid  in  Embouse  agency,  vice  Bro.  W.  H.  Luns- 
ford,  resigned,  after  long  years  of  service,  to 
accept  a   position   with   the   pipe   line   company. 

Bro.  T.  H.  Stanton,  first  Corsicana,  who  served 
on  our  committee  on  the  revised  contract,  is  tak- 
ing an  active  part  in  all  division  matters.  We  arc 
more  than  glad  to  have  him  on  our  division  and 
hope  to  see  him  elected  to  oflice  in  the  near  future. 
Having  had  a  broad  experience,  and  naturally  an 
enthusiastic  worker,  he  loves  to  be  "in  harness." 
He  is  doing  us  n  world  of  good.  Bros.  G.  W. 
Howell   and    M.    A.    Cummings,    second   and   third 

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Corsicana,  are  both  new  members,  whom  we  are 
proud  of. 

Bro.  J.  A.  Boyd,  agent  Navarro,  is  enjoying  life 
on  his  elegant  little  farm  near  the  station.  It  is 
gratifying  to  know  that  a  great  many  of  the  agents 
and  operators  along  the  line  are  acquiring  land, 
and  managing  their  farms  witli  great  success. 
The  T.  &  B.  V.  Ry.  runs  through  a  territory  in 
which  property  is  increasing  every  year,  and  the 
telegraphers  are  using  good  judgment  in  making 
these  investments.  It  should  be  the  aim  of  every 
one  to  secure  some  of  this  land  and  settle  down 
with  a  comfortable  home. 

Bro.  E.  E.  Hardie,  agent  Kirvin,  has  a  little 
agency  that  is  growing  right  along,  and  he  is 
getting  on  fine. 

Bro.  F.  E.  Stevens,  agent  Teague,  has  plenty 
of  work  to  keep  him  going,  but  never  too  busy  to 
show  his  interest  in  matters  of  the  division.  We 
like  to  see  these  brothers  who  are  holding  exclu- 
sive agencies  and  other  promotions  stay  with  the 
boys  who  are  building  up  a  progressive  division. 
Bro.  J.  E.  Glenn  has  been  on  the  sick  list,  but 
we  hope  for  his  complete  recovery  soon.  He  is 
in  the  branch  office  of  the  superintendent  of  car 
service  at  Teague  where  our  old-time  friend,  Mr. 
Cash,  holds  forth.  These  two  worthy  boys  have 
a  neatly  equipped  little  office  and  are  handling 
the  "red  and  green  ball"  freight  movement  to  a 
finish.  Bro.  Ferd  Hamilton,  second  Teague,  on  a 
two  weeks'  vacation  during  the  holidays,  visited 
home  folks  at  Sweetwater,  Texas.  Bro.  J.  I. 
Maxwell,  third  Teague,  has  returned  from  a  visit 
to  New  Orleans  and  other  points.  Bro.  Horace 
Kemble,  first  Teague,  and  wife,  spent  Christmas 
with  their  folks  in  Denison,  Texas.  Bro.  G.  W. 
Maynari,  first  trick  dispatcher  Teague,  as  well 
as  the  other  two  boys,  H.  V.  Evans  and  W.  M. 
Upshaw,  are  keeping  the  train  sheets  pretty  well 
filled  up  during  the  movement  of  congested  freight, 
due  to  the  recent  washouts. 

Our  amiable  chief,  E.  R.  Gassman,  is  "on  the 
job"  every  minute  of  the  day,  with  his  smile  and 
pleasant  words,  making  it  a  pleasure  to  "hit  the 
ball."  He  meets  all  the  reverses,  such  as  wash- 
outs and  wrecks,  good  naturedly,  and  goes  in  to 
win  out.  Our  energetic  and  pleasant  trainmaster, 
J.  .W.  Games,  has  been  sticking  pretty  close  to 
the  dispatcher's  ofiice,  assisting  Mr.  Gassman  4n 
handling  the  trying  situation.  Superintendent 
H.  E.  Allen  has  been  up  and  down  the  line,  right 
on  the  scenes  of  the  trouble,  and  the  prompt  and 
efficient  work  of  the  officials,  assisted  by  an  able 
following  of  employes,  has  enabled  the  T.  &  B.  V. 
to  recover  from  the  floods  and  handle  traffic  with 
only  slight  interruption.  Bro.  D.  B.  Frost,  our 
lineman,  is  passing  around  the  cigars  celebrating 
the  advent  of  a  fine  baby  girl  at  his  home.  S.  B. 
Kelley,  chief  clerk  to  Superintendent  Allen,  is  to 
be  commended  for  his  policy  of  having  everyone 
concerned  live  strictly  up  to  the  telegraphers*  con- 
tract. Mr.  Kelley  is  a  great  baseball  enthusiast, 
and  still  talks  of  the  great  world's  series  game. 

P.  Conners,  cashier  at  Cleburne,  has  returned 
from  a  two  weeks'  vacation  and  hunting  trip  to 
find  a  copy  of  the  revised  schedule  awaiting  him. 

He  says  he  will  soon  be  Bro.   Conners.     Bro    IT 
A.    Nelson,    recently    reinstated,    who    came    '  i  V 
from  Oklahoma  and  relieved  Mr.  Conners  at  (   ' 
'  burne,    is   now   at    Dobbin   agency,    relieving   1  - 
J.  H.  Henderson,  on  sixty  days'  leave. 

Bro.  W.  Cole,  Covington  agency,  who  hae 
had  a  vacation  for  four  years,  is  now  figurin. 
a  little  needed  rest. 

Bro.  C.  W.  Bryan,  Osceola  agency,  keeping  ' 
ball  rolling  like  the  rest  of  us,  enjoyed  his  C  -i- 
mas  turkey. 

Bro.  M.  M.  Cotton  is  still  at  Hillsboro  "  ... 
ering  the  goods." 

Bro.  W.  C.  Driggs,  Bynum  agency,  has  aV     >■  ' 
a  great  deal   of  cotton   this   fall.     We  tried   K. 
to  secure   a   helper,   and   know   he   will   not   i 
hard  of  us  for  being  unable  to  do  so  this  time. 

Bro.  T.  R.  Decn,  Malone  agency,  was  boosted 
up  in  salary  along  with  others  in  the  recent  wage 

Bro.  J.  I.  Weatherford,  cashier  Hubbard,  is 
always  there  with  prompt  service  on  the  wire  and 
with  tests.  Let's  all  take  a  little  tip  from  him 
and   make  ourselves  worthy   of  the  new  contract. 

Bro.  G.  W.  Thorpe,  Cooledge  agency,  reports 
the  parcel  post  increasing  his  mail  business  until 
it  is  no  longer  a  little  sack  for  the  shoulder,  but 
a  dray  load,  and  that  it  costs  money  to  have  it 
hauled.  Something  should  be  done  through  legis- 
lation about  this  mail  proposition. 

Bro.  C.  B.  Tomme,  operator  Cooledge,  resigned 
after  a  long  servke,  was  relieved  by  J.  C. 

Bro.  J.  R.  Eskew,  Donie  agency,  is  improving 
and  making  a  valuable  piece  of  property  out  of  his 
nice  farm. 

Bro.  T.  C.  Montgomery,  Concord  agency,  has 
improved  that  station  100  per  cent  under  his  ad- 

Bro.  R.  E.  Evans,  Newby  agency,  our  local 
chairman  on  the  south  end  and  one  of  the  com- 
mittee on  the  revision,  came  in  for  a  $7.50  raise. 
Unfortunately,  he  had  to  leave  Houston  before 
the  negotiations  were  completed,  and  the  rest  of 
the  bunch  had  a  joke  on  him  that  he  "beat  it"  as 
soon  as  he  got  the  raise. 

Bro.  A.  E.  Gormley,  Flynn  agency,  is  getting  the 
business  there. 

Bro.  C.  H.  Crockett,  North  Zulch  agency,  has 
had  lots  of  trouble  with  his  meal  hour  on  account 
of  the  noon  passengers,  but  these  words  in  the  new 
contract,  "commencing  and  ending  between  11:30 
and  1:30,"  fixed  him  up  all  O.  K.,  and  with  his 
$5  raise  "Davy"  is  now  "jam  up.' 

Bro.  J.  A.  Newsom,  lola  agency;  Bro.  D.  W. 
Norman,  Singleton  agency;  Bro.  Wm.  Reddy. 
Shiro  agency;  Bro.  R.  L.  Lienweber,  Richards 
agency,  and  Bro.-R.  E.  Lavender,  North  Houston 
agency,  report  "no  news  of  especial  interest." 
The  latter,  we  are  glad  to  state,  was  reinstated 
several  months  ago  to  his  old  position  there. 

The  brothers  at  Tom  Ball,  as  well  as  Teague 
and  Corsicana,  are  greatly  elated  over  their  eight- 
hour  tricks  and  the  $75  minimum  at  th^se  stations. 
Bro.  G.  F.  Barnhiil,  first  Tom  Ball,  still  handles 
the   express,    but,    owing   to   the   eight-hour    shift, 

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some  new  arrangement  will  be  put  into  effect  re- 
garding it.  Bro.  N.  B.  Anderson,  on  second, 
reports  his  farm  in  good  shape.  Bro.  B.  P.  Lee, 
third,  spent  a  few  days  in  Houston  recently, 
relieved  by  C  O.  Presley.  Tom  Ball  (exclusive) 
agency  was  r«:ently  transferred  from  W.  F.  Crab- 
tree  to  J.  F.  McDonald.  Neither  are  telegra- 
phers. While  both  gentlemen  are  our  friends 
and  we  want  to  see  them  do  well,  we  believe  these 
exclusive  agencies  should  be  given  to  telegraphers 
in  the  way  of  promotions,  thereby  encouraging 
tbcm  to  look  forward  to  something  better. 

Bro.  A.  L.  Burrow,  the  faithful  old  war  horse 
who  spent  so  many  years  in  Teague  as  operator 
and  personal  record  clerk  in  the  superintendent's 
office,  is  now  personal  record  clerk  in  President 
Robin's  office.  We  hated  to  lose  "ABO/*  but 
glad  to  see  him  do  well.  He  is  now  working 
alongside  of  our  dear  friend,  Judge  G.  W.  Frazee, 
operator  *'HS**  office. 

Bro.  Carl  F.  Bartz,  day  operator  and  clerk  Gal- 
veston, is  enjoying  life  in  the  "Island  City,**  even 
though  the  telegraphing  grows  heavier  every 
month,  and  tlie  cotton  movement  is  on. 

Sister  C.  Smylie,  Newby  nights,  who  managed 
Xewby  station  on  both  dates  while  Bro.  Evans 
was  on  committee  work  in  Houston,  was  on  a 
few  days*  vacation  during  the  holidays.  Sister 
Ethel  Smylie,  Dobbin,  nights,  was  also  off  a  few 
days  during  the  holidays. 

Bro.  J.  H.  Fcrrell,  of  the  Grand,  has  returned 
from  the  W.  V.  Ry.,  and  is  now  on  extra  here. 

Bro.  J.  C.  Cherry  was  at  Big  Sandy,  Tex.,  when 
last  heard  from.  We  would  be  glad  to  have  him 
come  back  and  hang  onto  the  extra  board.  We 
are  always  delighted  to  hear  from  any  of  the  old 
boys  and  glad  to  receive  communications  from 
any  of  the  brothers  and  assist  them  to  get  em- 
ployment when  anything  opens  up.  That's  our 
greatest  aim — ^to  get  steady  card  men  on  good 

Bro.  N.  W.  Smith,  our  general  secretary  and 
treasurer,  is  doing  some  good  work,  keeping  every 
feature  of  his  duties  in  first-class  shape.  Filling 
the  position  of  extra  telegrapher  on  the  wrecker 
and  regular  lineman,  he  is  enabled  to  travel  up 
and  down  the  road  and  visit  the  members.  We 
are  sorry  to  report  his  family  on  the  sick  list, 
but  hope  for  their  speedy  recovery. 

G.  W.  Winters,  new  man,  on  second  T.  &  B.  V. 
Jet  a  few  days. 

Bro.  J.  P.  McDonald,  of  the  Grand,  is  at  Stree- 
man  nights — new  position  opened  up  on  account 
of  heavy  business. 

Our  old  friend  "Dad"  Vance  was  at  Norman - 
gee  a  few  dajrs,  assisting  Bro.  J.  W.  Frost. 

Bro.  D.  W.  Norman,  Singleton,  is  swamped 
with  the  express  and  I.  &  G.  N.  business  diverted 
via  T.  &  B.  V.  on  account  of  washouts,  and  has 
put  on  additional  help  to  handle  the  joint  agency 

Bros.  C  W.  and  J.  R.  Donaho,  from  the  Cotton 
Belt,  passed  through  Teague  On  December  21st 
on  their  way  to  North  Zulch;   the  former  to  the 

Magnolia  Oil  Line  at  Concord,  Tex.,  and  the  lat- 
ter on  the  T.  &  B.  V.,  extra. 

Sister  Florence  P.  Pierce,  grand  secreUry  and 
treasurer  of  the  Ladies'  Auxiliary,  writes  that  the 
insurance  feature  has  been  added  to  the  L.  A. 
Policies  will  be  written  for  $150  and  $300  at  a 
cost  of  $1.60  and  $3.20,  respectively,  per  year. 
The  ladies  on  Division  144  now  holding  cards 
should  get  some  of  this  insurance,  and  the  brothers 
should  help  look  after  this  feature.  We  will  soon 
take  up  the  matter  of  getting  the  charter  for  our 
L.  A.  on  this  division,  completing  the  movement  _ 
that  was  started  last  year.  Cbst.  37. 

Fort  Worth  &  Denver  City  R.  R. 

Brothers,  this  is  the  time  of  year  we  give 
thanks  and  presents.  We  have  all  more  or  less 
to  be  thankful  for.  The  benefits  the  telegraphers 
have  derived  during  the  past  year  should  be  a 
great  incentive  for  increased  zeal  in  our  services 
to  our  employers  in  order  that  we  can  in  a 
measure  make  them  feel  that  the  concessions  that 
have  been  given  arc  fully  appreciated.  Therefore 
answer  your  calls  promptly.  We  are  a  progres- 
sive body  and  as  time  goes  forward  we  will  proba- 
bly ask  for  more  privileges,  and  will  be  all  the 
better  fortified  to  demand  them  by  giving  good 

The  past  year  has  seen  quite  a  number  of  new 
members  initiated  into  our  Order,  but  we  have 
not  done  it  all,  as  there  are  a  few  nons  yet 
on  our  line.  Our  general  chairman  has  been 
quite  busy  and  has  done  excellent  service  in  this 
work,  but  we  are  depending  too  much  on  our 
officers  to  line  the  nons ,  up.  Each  one  should 
take  a  hearty  interest  in  this  matter,  as  you  can 
not  fail  to  see  it  is  to  our  interest  to  be  solid. 
Of  course  the  boys  are  coming  and  going,  but 
so  long  as  they  are  on  our  line,  keep  after  them. 

It  is  Bro.  D.  S.  Witty  on  third  Vernon  now. 

Delinquent  Blakeney,  at  Oklaunion,  will  line 
up  at  once;  also  Mr.  Wilson,  agent  at  Rhome,  and 
Mr.  Newell  will  have  a  card  if  he  remains  at 

Messrs.  Robinson  and  Conley  arc  still  holding 
out,  but  I  think  they  have  about  made  up  their 
minds  to  join. 

Recent  engine  failures  on  account  of  changing 
to  Arkansas  coal  caused  a  great  many  of  the  boys 
at  one-man  stations  to  be  called  at  night  and 
make  a  few  dimes  for  Christmas. 

Bro.  Weaver  recently  made  a  trip  over  the 
south  end  and  had  a  word  with  all  the  nons  and 

Bro.  Webb  spent  Christmas  at  home  in 

It  has  been  decided  to  make  the  dues  for  each 
half  $5.00  instead  of  $4.00.  The  standard  of  pay 
on  our  line  will  fully  justify  this  and  with  the 
recent  increase  it  will  not  be  noticed  out  of  our 
checks.  Notice  of  dues  were  sent  out  last  month 
and  1  hope  each  member  will  remit  in  good  time. 
*y\o  delinquents  for  1914"  would  be  a  good  motto, 
and  then  make  it  "100  per  cent  strong.' 

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First  and  Second  Divisions — 

**VN"  closed  and  Bro.  Allen  transferred  to 
"RD"  nights. 

On  account  of  reduction  of  force  Bro.  Wales, 
third  "BI,"  relieved  Bro.  Stephenson,  going  to 
third,  Bro.  Greenwood  second  and  Bro.  Hodges 
on  as  first  and  cashier. 

Bro.  Black,  third  Decatur,  resigned  and  gone  to 
Rusk,  Tex.,  relieved  by  our  new  Bro.  Turner. 

Bro.  Durrett  oflF  for  holidays,  relieved  by  Mr. 
Wilson,  former  dispatcher. 

No  notes  from  the  W.  Valley  this  month.  Bro. 
Casey,  at  Weinert,  seems  to  have  gone  to  sleep 
at  the  switch. 

The  recent  bad  weather  caused  all  trains  to  be 
more  or  less  off  schedule,  resulting  in  consider- 
able overtime  for  the  one-man  stations.  Don't 
forget  what's  coming  to  you,  boys. 

On  several  occasions  communications  have  been 
addressed  to  me  regarding  the  matter  of  seniority, 
men  being  laid  off  when  jobs  have  been  closed, 
etc.,  when  younger  men  were  retained  in  the 
service.  Such  matters  as  this  should  be  referred 
to  the  officers  only  after  all  the  means  in  your 
power  have  been  exhausted  to  set  matters  right 
through  your  own  efforts.  If  these  fail,  and  jus- 
tice is  not  done,  then  it  is  the  duty  of  our  chair- 
men to  take  it  up  with  the  officials.  And,  fur- 
thermore, copies  of  all  grievance  correspondence 
should  be  attached  to  your  file  when  forwarded 
to  the  chairman,  in  order  that  he  may  have 
grounds  on  which  to  present  a  case  and  material 
to  fight  same  with  when  so  presented. 

Notices  of  dues  have  been  mailed  to  all  mem- 
bers, and  while  you  have  until  the  28th  of  Feb- 
ruary in  which  to  remit,  still  it  is  the  waiting 
game  that  causes  the  trouble.  Now  is  the  time  to 
remit  for  your  dues,  and  also  don't  fail  to  get 
lined  up  on  your  insurance,  dues  for  which  must 
be  mailed  direct  to,  Bro.  L.  W.  Quick,  at  St. 
Louis.  Don't  try  to  be  the  last  to  line  up,  try 
to  be  the  first. 

Mr.  Pyle,  first  at  "WF,"  has  forgotten,  but  we 
expect  him  to  line  up  after  the  Christmas  ex- 
pense is  over. 

Bro.  Pinkcy  Webb  spent  the  holidays  at  his 
home  in  Little  Rock.  He  took  his  lucky  "Philipino 
cent"  with  him.  Relieved  by  Bro.  Rutherford, 
from  Div.  126.  Cert.  43. 

First  af(d  Second  Districts — 

A  more  genial  and  efficient  set  of  officials  could 
not  be  found  anywhere  and  all  the  boys  should 
appreciate  this  fact  and  render  efficient  service. 
The  greatest  success  to  be  achieved  by  telegra- 
phers is  by  promptness  in  answering  their  calls 
on  the  wires  and  attentiveness  to  business.  Let 
the  officials  see  that  you  are  trying  to  do  right  and 
they  will  appreciate  it  as  well  as  assist  you.  Do 
not  entertain  the  idea  that  because  you  are  out 
on  the  line  the  officials  do  not  know  what  is  going 
on.  During  the  hours  assigned  you  devote  your 
entire  time  to  the  company's  interest  and  not  to 
periodicals,  dime  novels  or  writing  to  your  best 

Bro.  Harry  O'Bryant,  late  of  Ludlow,  Colo.,  is 
now  at  Spur,  on  the  Valley.  Glad  to  have  him 
back  with  us. 

Bro.  Merritt,  second  Dalhart,  is  in  Kansas  City 
on  business,   relieved  by  Bro.  Holloman. 

John  Cunningham,  the  genial  night  yard  clerk, 
Childress,  spent  his  holiday  vacation  in  and  around 
Galveston  and  Houston  sightseeing. 

Inadvertently  we  recently  stated  that  Bro.  R.  S. 
Holmes  had  resigned  and  gone  North.  We  arc 
glad  to  note  that  he  is  still  with  us  at  Texline. 

Bro.  J.  M.  Erwin,  Clarendon,  is  contemplating 
going  into  other  business  in  the  near  future.  We 
will  not  lose  him  as  a  brother,  however,  as  he 
will  continue  to  carry  an  up  to  date. 

Agent  Cotton,  "CD,"  Childress,  is  to  be  con- 
gratulated on  having  so  genteel  and  competent 
a  tkket  force  as  Bros.  Johnston  and  Campbell. 
The  former  is  looking  after  private  affairs  up 
town  when  off  duty.     Wonder  who  it  is? 

Bro.  F.  V.  Mizc,  bumped  at  "X"  Childress,  is 
temporarily  at  **FR"  Ft.  Worth. 

A  brother  agent  holding  one  of  the  heaviest 
stations  on  the  road  recently  received  an  applica- 
tion from  a  "telegrapher"  employed  on  the  Santa 
Fe,  asking  for  work.  He  replied  if  he  was  an 
up-to-date  O.  R.  T.  man  to  apply  at  a  certain 
station  for  transportation  and  come  at  once. 
Nothing  more  was  heard  from  Mr.  Santa  Fe  man. 
You  can  all  guess  why.  Let  every  brother  agent 
follow  this  example  and  we  will  get  better  results. 

We  are  all  proud  of  the  boys  at  Texline — solid 
to  a  man.     They  are  a  team  hard  to  beat. 

Bro.  Phelps,  "X"  Childress,  who  usually  takes 
a  hunting  trip  every  fall  down  on  the  Nueces 
where  the  "dear"  are  plentiful,  will  remain  at 
home  this  year  as  there  are  plenty  of  "dears" 
around  Childress. 

Bro.  A.  W.  Thomson,  Texline,  on  a  fifteen  days' 
leave,  is  visiting  in  Birmingham,  Ala.,  his  old 
stamping  grounds. 

We  are  glad  to  announce  that  it  is  now  Bro. 
I).  Kersey,  Amarillo. 

Sorry  to  learn  of  Telegrapher  Oster's  condition 
physically;  some  excuse  for  "GO." 

Bro.  G.  W.  Wheeler,  on  a  sixty  days'  leave, 
will  return  with  a  life  long  companion.  Hearty 
congratulations  and  a  long  life. 

Among  the  notable  "invincibles"  is  W.  D.  Mc- 
Dowell, second  trick  "X"  Childress,  who  per- 
sistently declines  to  be  one  of  us.  He  is  evi- 
dently anticipating  a  high  official  position  soon. 
"It  is  well  to  be  wise." 

Elmer  Pyle.  WichiU  Falls;  C.  I.  Scofield,  third 
Clarendon,  and  W.  H.  Baird,  first  Memphis,  are 
troubled  with  the  "shorts."  They  better  make 
good  their  promises  while  the  coming  is  good. 

Bro.  G.  H.  Longwell,  new  man  at  Electra,  will 
transfer  to  No.  145.  Bro.  T.  H.  Black,  of  the 
Grand,  has  already  done  so. 

Bro.  J.  H.  Farrell,  of  Idaho  Falls,  Idaho,  a 
late  arrival,  is  now  at  Holliday  on  the  Valley. 

Bo;%«,  be  courteous  and  obliging  to  the  travel- 
ing public  and  your  co-workers,  as  it  leaves  a 
good  impression  and  will  repay  you. 

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\Vc  wish  one  and  all  a  happy  and  prosperous 
New  Year  with  renewed  vigor  to  bring  our  Order 
on  these  lines  up  to  the  standard  with  that  of 
other  roads.  Let  our  motto  be  that  of  Bro. 
Brown,    of   the    R.    I.:    "Unionism    is    ostracism." 

Div.  Cor. 

Third  and   Fourth   Districts — 

We  had  a  very  pleasant  call  recently  from  Bro. 
A.  C.  Wilson,  late  of  the  dispatcher's  staff  at 
Wichita  Falls.  Bro.  Wilson  is  undecided  what 
he  will  do  just  yet. 

C.  B.  Sansing,  a  new  man,  relieved  Bro.  J.  C. 
Sides,  at  second  Tascosa,  for  his  Christmas  holi- 
days, spent  in  Missouri  and  then  resigned;  re- 
lieved by  R.  McKay,  another  new  man.  Under- 
stand Bro.   Sides  will  not  return  alone. 

The  W.  V.  boys  are  coming  in  now.  One  new 
brother  has  just  sent  in  his  application. 

Bro.  Thomson,  first  Texline,  is  on  vacation, 
Tisiting  in  and  around  Birmingham,  Ala.,  re- 
Iie\'cd  by   Mr.   Converse,  a  new  man. 

Bro.  Henderson,  third  Amarillo,  was  off  two 
days   recently,   looking  after   outside    business. 

Bro.  Mentzer,  Childress,  has  been  under  the 
weather  for  the  past  three  weeks,  threatened  with 

Night  yard  clerk  at  Childress,  John  Cunning- 
ha-n,  is  rusticating  in   Ft.  Worth. 

Dispatcher  Darling  was  off  a  few  days  with  a 
severe  cold.     Glad  to  see  him  back  aga^n. 

Quite  a  xeduction  of  force  was  recently  made 
tn  the  car,  track,  clerical  and  mechanical  de- 

Jack  Tayler  is  relieving  Jargo  Harrison,  night 
yard  master  Childress,  taking  in  the  sights  of 
St.   Louis   during  the  Christmas  holidays. 

Snow  blockades  in  Colorado  are  making  all 
trains  very  irregular,  which  gives  the  terminal 
operators   all   the    business   they   can   handle. 

Some  good  brothers  on  the  north  end  ^  write  us 
a  few  happenings  occasionally.  Wake  up,  boys, 
you  have  played  Rip  Van  Winkle  long  enough; 
let's  hear   from  you. 

Bro.  E.  B.  Abbington,  agent  Goodnight,  is  now 
cashier  there.  We  are  glad  to  have  him  so  close 
to  headquarters. 

J.  W.  Huggins,  late  of  the  dispatcher's  force, 
Wichita  Fa